Rob Nabors

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Rob Nabors
Rob Nabors 2011.jpg
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
Assumed office
January 25, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Phil Schiliro
Director of Legislative Affairs
In office
January 2011 – January 25, 2013
President Barack Obama
Succeeded by Miguel Rodriguez
Personal details
Born 1971 (age 42–43)
Fort Dix, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill

Rob Nabors (born 1971) is the Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. President Barack Obama. Nabors was previously Director of Legislative Affairs in the administration. Earlier, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Senior Advisor to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Son of Army Major General Robert L. Nabors, he was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey and lived in Arizona, Maryland, Germany, Virginia, South Korea, Florida, Italy, Massachusetts in his youth. He received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1993 and an M.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1996.[2]

Clinton Administration[edit]

Nabors first joined the Office of Management and Budget, straight out of graduate school, as a program examiner in 1996. Assigned to the Bureau's commerce branch, he was given responsibility for the decennial census, and while he was working on that task, he was recognized as a "budding wunderkind" by OMB Director Jacob Lew, who promoted him to special assistant to the director in 1998. In 2000, he was further promoted to assistant director for administration and executive secretary.[2]

Congressional Staff[edit]

Nabors joined the minority staff of the powerful House Appropriations Committee at the end of the Clinton Administration. Appropriations Chair David Obey promoted him to minority staff director in 2004. When the Democrats won the House in 2006, Nabors became majority staff director. "'He was just the best man for the job,' says Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, 'and he understands the House, he understands the committee, he understands the town, he understands the bureaucracy, and he doesn’t take any crap from anybody. His demeanor is very nice and very cool, but he doesn’t take any crap from people.'"[2] Nabors said it was his job not just to "recite" budget numbers but to "own the information" and understand the human meanings behind the numbers.[2]

Obama Administration[edit]

Nabors' selection as Deputy Director of OMB, along with the selection of Peter Orszag as Director of OMB, was announced by President-Elect Barack Obama on November 25, 2008.[1]

In February 2010 Nabors, became senior advisor to then-White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is now the Mayor of Chicago. Jeff Liebman replaced Nabors as Acting Deputy Director. In January 2011 it was announced that Nabors had succeeded Phil Schiliro as the head of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.[3]

In November 2011, Nabors was included on The New Republic's list of Washington's most powerful, least famous people.[4]


  1. ^ a b Fletcher, Michael A.; Eggen, Dan (2088-11-25). "Obama Names OMB Director". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rob Nabors: Approps staffer sees beyond the numbers Libit, Daniel. Accessed November 25, 2008.
  3. ^ Daley, Bill (2011-01-27). "Full text of Bill Daley's announcement". Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  4. ^ The Editors (2011-11-03). "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy-Ann DeParle
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
Served alongside: Alyssa Mastromonaco, Mark Childress, Anita Decker Breckenridge