|6th Director of the Congressional Budget Office|
February 5, 2003 – December 29, 2005
|Preceded by||Dan Crippen|
|Succeeded by||Peter R. Orszag|
February 3, 1958 |
|Alma mater||Princeton University Ph.D.
Denison University B.A.
Douglas J. "Doug" Holtz-Eakin (born February 3, 1958) is an American economist. He was formerly an economics professor, Director of the Congressional Budget Office, and chief economic policy adviser to U.S. Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Holtz-Eakin is currently president of the American Action Forum policy institute.
Douglas J. Eakin was born and raised in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1958, where his Navy-veteran father worked as a steel plant manager. He received a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Denison University in 1980 and a Ph.D in economics from Princeton University in 1985.
From August 1989 to July 1990, Holtz-Eakin served as a Senior Staff Economist on President George H.W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers. From 1986 to 2001 he also served as a Faculty Research Fellow and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Holtz-Eakin was tenured faculty at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University from 1990 to 2003, where he was appointed Professor in 1995 and Chair of the Department of Economics from 1997 to 2001.
In 2003, Holtz-Eakin left Syracuse University to become Director of the Congressional Budget Office. Under his leadership, the budget office undertook a study of tax rates, which found that any new revenue that tax cuts brought in paled in comparison with their cost. He left the appointment in 2005.
Holtz-Eakin is also the President of DHE Consulting, LLC, and has served as Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the Paul A. Volcker Chair in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a senior visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics from 2007 to 2008. In 2009, he joined the Manhattan Institute's Center for Medical Progress  as a fellow focusing on health care reform issues, but left later that year to found his own think tank.
Economic adviser to John McCain
In 2007, Holtz-Eakin was hired as chief economic policy adviser to U.S. Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Through the campaign and coincident 2008 economic crisis, he remained in the media spotlight on the candidate's proposals for the economy and health care. Holtz-Eakin drew particular attention when he claimed that, as a U.S. Senator on the Commerce Committee, McCain "helped create" the BlackBerry wireless device.
President of American Action Forum
In early 2010, Holtz-Eakin became president of American Action Forum, a conservative think tank focused on fiscal and public policy issues. Since joining American Action Forum, Holtz-Eakin has appeared on Fox News to argue against a 2010 health care bill, as well as writing a similarly worded Op-Ed for the New York Times. Holtz-Eakin has been active in supporting Senate immigration bill S.744, which would increase annual legal immigration numbers, legalize illegal immigrants in the United States and some who have already been deported, and promises future enforcement efforts to deter future illegal immigration.
- Douglas Holtz-Eakin C.V.
- Maxwell Professor Douglas Holtz-Eakin Recommended to Head Congressional Budget Office – Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University
- Weighing a McCain Economist
- Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin Bio - Peterson Institute for International Economics
- News Articles on Doug Holtz-Eakin – Washington Post
- Jonathan Martin, Politico.com, "Holtz-Eakin: McCain helped create BlackBerry"
- Holtz-Eakin's Bio on American Action Forum
- Susan Davis, Wall Street Journal, "Republican Leaders Forming New Political Group"
- Fox News CBO Estimates Interview on YouTube
- Douglas Holtz-Eakin, New York Times, "The Real Arithmetic of Health Care Reform"
- Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin – Bio at the Lehigh Bureau
- Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin – Bio at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- "Weighing a McCain Economist" – New York Times – April 23, 2008
- Douglas Holtz-Eakin C.V.
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Holtz-Eakin, November 27, 2005