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Heather Higginbottom

Heather Higginbottom
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 13, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Thomas R. Nides
Counselor of the United States Department of State
In office
2013 – December 13, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Cheryl Mills
Succeeded by Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.
Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
October 20, 2011 – 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Jeff Liebman (Acting)
Succeeded by Brian Deese
Personal details
Born (1972-07-15) July 15, 1972
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Rochester
George Washington University

Heather A. Higginbottom (born July 15, 1972) is the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. She previously served as Counselor of the United States Department of State and prior to that had served as Deputy Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget from 2011 until 2013. On October 20, 2011, the United States Senate voted 64–36 to confirm her nomination to be Deputy Director of the OMB.[1] Higginbottom previously had served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy in the administration of Barack Obama from 2009 to 2010 after serving on the Obama for America campaign.

Early life and education

Higginbottom attended Chenango Valley High School in University of Rochester.

Career

From 1999 to 2007, Higginbottom served as legislative director for Senator John Kerry. She also served as the Deputy National Policy Director for the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign for the primary and general elections.

After the Communities In Schools.

On November 24, 2008, it was announced that Higginbottom was appointed the Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council in the administration of President Barack Obama.[2]

On January 7, 2011, President Obama nominated Higginbottom to the position of Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.[3] However, Senate Republicans united in opposing Higginbottom's nomination, citing her "lack of business and accounting experience," putting the ratification of her appointment in doubt.[4]

Despite the controversy surrounding Higginbottom's nomination, the Senate voted to confirm Higginbottom in a 64–36 vote on October 20, 2011.[5]

After John Kerry was confirmed to be United States Secretary of State in 2013, he hired Higginbottom as a counselor.[6]

In 2013, President Obama nominated Higginbottom to serve as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. On Nov 14, 2013, her nomination was reported to the full U.S. Senate by the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. On Dec 13, 2013, the Senate voted 51–34 to invoke cloture on her nomination, this cutting off a Republican-led filibuster.[7] Later that same day, the Senate confirmed her in a 74–17 vote.[8]

References

  1. ^ http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00171
  2. ^ change.gov (November 24, 2008). "Geithner, Summers among key economic team members announced today" (Official website). Newsroom: Press resleases.  
  3. ^ Reilly, Sean (2011-01-07). "Obama chooses new OMB deputy chief". FederalTimes.com. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  4. ^ Friedman, Dan (2011-04-06). "GOP opposition spells trouble for OMB nominee". National Journal. GovernmentExecutive.com. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  5. ^ http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00171
  6. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/deputy-omb-director-higginbottom-to-state-department/2013/02/08/8125ee64-7228-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_blog.html
  7. ^ http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00271
  8. ^ http://www.periodicalpress.senate.gov/

External links

  • Heather Higginbottom collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Profile of Heather Higginbottom, David McKay Wilson, Rochester Review, January–February 2009
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Liebman
Acting
Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Brian Deese


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