President-elect Barack Obama has named John Podesta, Valerie Jarrett, and Pete Rouse co-chairs of his transition team.
He has also named William Daley, Carol Browner, Federico Pena, and Janet Napolitano to his advisory panel.
Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel has accepted the job of White House chief of staff.
- Rahm Emanuel – From Chicago. Former ballet dancer. Senior Advisor for Bill Clinton. Appointed to Board of Directors of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac in 2000 by Clinton. The inspiration for the character Josh Lyman on The West Wing
- John Podesta – From Chicago. Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton.
- Federico Pena – Mayor of Denver, Colorado House of Representatives. Headed US-DOT under Clinton, Secretary of Energy under Clinton (Bill Richardson followed him).
- Pete Rouse – Overall, Rouse has worked on Capitol Hill for more than 30 years, since 1971. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/26/AR2007082601446.html
- Valerie Jarrett – From Chicago. See previous post: https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2008/11/09/obama-names-transition-team/
- William Daley – From Chicago. Brother of Chicago Mayor, Richard Daley. Secretary of Commerce under Bill Clinton. Manager of Al Gore’s 2000 presidential bid.
- Carol Browner – Undergraduate and law degree from University of Florida. Head of Florida Department of Environment Protection. Administrator of EPA under Clinton.
- Janet Napolitano – Born in NYC. Governor of Arizona.
- Robert Gibbs – Press Secretary. From Alabama. Known for “taking on” Sean Hannity. (Note: After reading more closely, Politico says “will be” named, but not formally offered or accepted. Whatever that means.)
This is just some quick facts. Maybe more later.