Obama nominates Forest Hills native Jack Lew for treasury secretary 1

Jack Lew

President Obama has nominated his chief of staff, Forest Hills native Jack Lew, to be the next secretary of the treasury.

Lew, 57, now faces confirmation hearings in front of the Democrat-controlled United States Senate.

If successful, he will succeed Timothy Geithner, who is expected to step down by the end of the month.

Lew grew up on Yellowstone Boulevard, and was a member of the Class of 1972 at Forest Hills High School.

Two years ago, Lew, who was serving as director of the Office of Management and Budget, accepted an invitation from FHHS Principal Saul Gootnick to come and speak at his alma mater.

Geithner has been in the cabinet post for the president’s entire first term, and came to the cabinet from the finance world.

Lew, a long-time Democratic fixture in Washington’s inner circles, began his career on the political side as an aide to the late House Speaker Tip O’Neill (D-Mass.) and Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.).

Lew also served as OMB director during the Clinton administration, and helped found AmeriCorps, the national service program.

He also is a former deputy secretary of state under Hillary Clinton.

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