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Anita Decker Breckenridge

Anita Decker Breckenridge
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
Assumed office
May 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Alyssa Mastromonaco
Personal details
Born 1978/1979 (age 36–37)
Kenilworth, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Russell Breckenridge
Alma mater University of Arizona

Anita Decker Breckenridge (born c. 1978/1979) is an American political staffer who has served in a number of positions in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was appointed White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in March 2014,[1] a position she took up in May 2014.[2]

Anita Decker was born and spent her early years in Kenilworth, Illinois.[1] She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois in 1996; while at high school she was an intern for Senator Dick Durbin.[3][4] She studied political science at the University of Arizona, graduating in 2000.[4]

She worked for Representative Lane Evans, and in 2003 moved to work for Obama, who was then a member of the Illinois Senate.[3] She ran all of Obama's Downstate Illinois offices when he was US Senator for the state, and managed the 2007 announcement of his candidacy for President.[1][5][6] After his election she served as Chief of Staff at the National Endowment for the Arts until May 2011, when she became personal secretary to the President, taking over from Katie Johnson.[6][7]

In March 2014 the White House announced she would become Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, replacing Alyssa Mastromonaco.[1]

She married political consultant Russell Breckenridge in 2010.[8]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Alyssa Mastromonaco
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations

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