Keith Hennessey

Hennessey worked as the senior White House economic advisor to President George W. Bush. His job was to coordinate economic policy for the President, including financial market issues, tax policy, energy and climate change, health care, pensions, Social Security and Medicare reform, housing, transportation, technology and telecommunications, and agriculture. He also worked on budget issues and international trade and financial issues.

From August 2002 through the end of 2007, Hennessey served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council at the White House. In 2008 and 2009, he was Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council, a position now held by Dr. Larry Summers for President Obama.

Before working in the White House, Hennessey spent eight years working on Capitol Hill. The bulk of that time was as a policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS). He also worked for two years on the Senate Budget Committee staff for the Chairman, Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM), and for six months on the staff of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, which was co-chaired by Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE) and Senator Jack Danforth (R-MO). Many years ago, he designed and tested software for Symantec Corporation.

Hennessey earned a B.A.S. in math and political science from Stanford, and a Master in Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School at Harvard.

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