William M. Daley
- For other people with a similar name, see William Daley
|24th White House Chief of Staff|
January 13, 2011 – January 27, 2012
|Preceded by||Pete Rouse|
|Succeeded by||Jack Lew|
|32nd United States Secretary of Commerce|
January 30, 1997 – July 19, 2000
|Preceded by||Mickey Kantor|
|Succeeded by||Norman Mineta|
August 9, 1948 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Loyola University Chicago
John Marshall Law School
William Michael “Bill” Daley (born August 9, 1948) is an American lawyer and former banker. He served as White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama from January 2011 to January 2012. He also served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1997 to 2000 under President Bill Clinton. His private-sector positions included membership on the Executive Committee of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Early life 
He was born in Chicago, Illinois, the seventh and youngest child of the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley. He is the brother of former Illinois legislator John P. Daley and former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley.
He graduated with a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School. Daley later accepted an honorary Doctor of Law degree from John Marshall Law School. Except for a period from 1977 to 1980, during which time he sat on the Advisory Council of Economic Opportunity, he practiced law privately with the firm Daley and George.
Professional career 
He became associated with Amalgamated Bank of Chicago, where he was first vice chairman (1989–1990) and then president and chief operating officer (1990–1993). Daley returned to the practice of law, as a partner with the firm Mayer Brown (then Mayer, Brown & Platt) from 1993 to 1997.
In December 2001, following his service as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, he was appointed President of SBC Communications to help reform the company's image. In May 2004, Daley was made the Midwest Chairman of JPMorgan Chase, following its acquisition of Bank One Corporation, to oversee its operations from Chicago. Daley formerly served on the Board of Directors of Boeing, Merck & Co., Boston Properties, and Loyola University Chicago. He is currently a trustee of Northwestern University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Political career 
Clinton administration 
In 1993, he served as Special Counsel to the President on issues relating to the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 1997, Daley became U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the second Clinton administration, remaining at that post until July 2000.
Presidential politics 
After he resigned as Commerce Secretary he became chairman of Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign. He was portrayed in the HBO film Recount, about the Florida election recount of the 2000 presidential election, by actor Mitch Pileggi.
During the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, Daley was a prominent supporter of Barack Obama. On November 5, 2008, Daley was named to the advisory board of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Obama administration 
On January 6, 2011 President Barack Obama named Daley as his next White House Chief of Staff, and he took office on January 13, 2011. Daley succeeded Rahm Emanuel, who served as Chief of Staff during the first two years of the President's term and left the position in October 2010 to run to succeed Daley's brother as Mayor of Chicago, and Pete Rouse, who was serving as the interim Chief of Staff.
In March 2011, speaking for the Obama administration on Meet the Press, Daley said the administration will consider using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve if rising oil prices caused by Arab Spring threaten the U.S. economy. Daley said Obama “is very concerned; we’re trying to look at all the possible options.” He repeated the administration’s stance that there is enough output capacity in the world to deal with any disruptions from Libya.
In October 2011, Daley said he plans to return home to Chicago after President Obama makes it through his re-election. “I made a commitment to put the president through his re-election, which I’m confident he will do, and then my wife and I will be back in Chicago.”
Post Obama Administration 
Just after the 2012 Presidential election, in the November 8, 2012 issue of the Chicago Tribune, Daley was reported as considering a run in the 2014 election for Governor of Illinois. Daley said "I've thought about it before and I don't take it off the table. I think right now, to be very frank with you, the last thing in the world anybody wants to hear about is a race that's two years down the road." Daley further was quoted as saying: "I'm not closing the door and, I know that sounds like a politician, but the fact of the matter is that these are tough days and I think there's a lot to be done by the Legislature. I don't think it helps right now for people to be out there saying they're going to run and they have a solution at this point. I think we've got to see what the Legislature does."
- "Washingtonpost.com: Politics – The Administration, William M. Daley". The Washington Post. December 15, 1999. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
- slate.com Fannie Mae and the Vast Bipartisan Conspiracy Jack Shafer, September 16, 2008
- Alter, Jonathan (January 7, 2011). "Bill Daley's Real Agenda: Obama's Reelection". Daily Beast. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
- EXECUTIVE PROFILE: William M. Daley businessweek.com
- Sweet, Lynn (November 5, 2008). "Jarrett, Podesta, Rouse to lead Obama transition; Bill Daley co-chair". Chicago Sun-Times.
- Daley Says U.S. to Consider Using Oil Reserves as Prices Rise With Turmoil. Bloomberg.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Cohn, Alicia M.. (October 11, 2011) Daley plans to return to Chicago after election – The Hill's Video. Thehill.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-05.
- Parsons, Christi (January 9, 2012). "William Daley to step down as Obama's chief of staff". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- White House Staff at WhiteHouse.gov
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- William M. Daley collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Profile at Forbes
- William M. Daley collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- William Daley collected news and commentary at the Chicago Tribune
- Brother Bill: A Look at William Daley at Chicago Magazine, February 2005
- Daley Family Tree (interactive graphic)
- William M. Daley at the Notable Names Database
- Obama Taps William Daley for Chief of Staff – video report by Democracy Now!
- Wall Street Journal – Why Obama Chose Bill Daley
|U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Bill Clinton
|White House Chief of Staff