Neomi Rao

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Neomi Jehangir Rao
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Neomi Rao in 2018
Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Assumed office
July 18, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Howard Shelanski
Personal details
Born Neomi Jehangir Rao
(1973-03-22) March 22, 1973 (age 45)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Alan Lefkowitz
Children 2
Education Yale University
University of Chicago Law School

Neomi Jehangir Rao (born March 22, 1973) is an American lawyer, academic, and government official who currently serves as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.[1] Before assuming her current role, Rao was an associate professor of law and the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School. Her research and teaching focused on constitutional and administrative law.[2]

Education and legal career[edit]

Rao was born to mother Zerin Rao and father Jehangir Narioshang Rao, both Parsi physicians from India[3], and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she was educated at Detroit Country Day School (class of 1991).[4] After graduating from Yale University with highest distinction in ethics, politics, economics, and philosophy, Rao attended the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and received her J.D. in 2000. She was the comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy for the Symposium edition. Rao clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas[5] from 2001 to 2002, and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 2000 to 2001.

After her clerkships, she practiced public international law and arbitration at British law firm Clifford Chance in London, United Kingdom. During the second term of the presidency of George W. Bush, Rao worked in the White House counsel's office and as a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee.[5] Later, she became a professor at George Mason University School of Law (subsequently renamed the Antonin Scalia Law School, a change for which she advocated),[5] where she received tenure in 2012. In 2015, she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State.[6][5]

She is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and the governing council of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, where she co-chairs the section's regulatory policy committee.[1][7]

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator[edit]


On April 7, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Rao to become the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget. Former OIRA Administrator Susan Dudley described Rao as "an excellent choice to lead OIRA...In addition to a sharp legal mind, she brings an openness to different perspectives and an ability to manage the competing demands of regulatory policy."[8] Legal commentator and law professor Jonathan H. Adler wrote that "Trump's selection of Rao suggests the administration is serious about regulatory reform, not merely reducing high-profile regulatory burdens."[1] Rao was confirmed to the position by the United States Senate on July 10, 2017.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Rao is married to Alan Lefkowitz, and they have two children.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Adler, Jonathan (April 7, 2017). "White House names Neomi Rao as next 'regulatory czar'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Waddell, Melanie (April 11, 2017). "Scalia Law's Neomi Rao Picked for Trump Regulatory Chief". National Law Journal. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Neomi Rao To Lead OIRA In US". Parsi Times. Retrieved June 16, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Class Notes" (PDF). Bee Hive, for Alumni, Friends and Family of Detroit Country Day School (Winter): 39. 2005. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d Eder, Steve (2017-07-09). "Neomi Rao, the Scholar Who Will Help Lead Trump's Regulatory Overhaul". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 
  6. ^ Mufson, Steven (April 20, 2017). "Pick for rules czar would hand more power to Trump". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Indian-American Neomi Rao nominated as Trump's regulatory czar". Deccan Chronicle. April 8, 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  8. ^ Devaney, Tim (April 7, 2017). "Trump nominates regulatory chief". The Hill. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  9. ^ Siegel, Josh (July 10, 2017). "Senate confirms Neomi Rao to lead White House office overseeing regulations". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 9 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Hearing on the Nomination of Neomi Rao to be the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Statement of Neomi Rao" (PDF). United States Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. June 7, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Howard Shelanski
Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
Succeeded by