Phil Schiliro

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Phil Schiliro
Phil Schiliro headshot.jpg
White House Director of Legislative Affairs
In office
January 20, 2009 – February 11, 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Dan Meyer
Succeeded by Rob Nabors
Personal details
Born (1956-08-06) August 6, 1956 (age 62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Hofstra University (BA)
Lewis and Clark College (JD)

Phil Schiliro is an American political consultant and strategist. He has spent much of his career on the staff of prominent elected officials, including President Barack Obama.

He held four different positions under President Obama. Before the President took office, Schiliro was director of congressional relations for Obama's presidential transition team.[1] From 2009 to February 2011, he served as Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs.[2][3][4] From February to December 2011 he was an Assistant to the President and Special Advisor.[5] He left to become a private consultant. In December 2013 the White House announced that he was rejoining the President's staff on a short-term basis to work on health care issues.[6] He stepped down in May 2014.[7]

From the early 1980s until 2008, he served in a number of congressional staff positions, notably as Democratic Chief of Staff for the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and as chief of staff to Representative Henry Waxman.[8] In 2004, he worked as policy director for Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle.[9]

Schiliro is a graduate of Hofstra University and Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review, Environmental Law.

In 1992 Schiliro ran unsuccessfully to represent New York's 4th District in Congress, narrowly losing a race to represent the newly redrawn Nassau County-based seat to Hempstead Town Councilman David A. Levy.[10]

Schiliro was born August 6, 1956 in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on Long Island. He and his wife, Jody, have one daughter.[11]


  1. ^ "Obama Names Transition Team". Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Obama team announces Jarrett as senior advisor". CNN. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  3. ^ Daley, Bill (2011-01-27). "Full text of Bill Daley's announcement". Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  4. ^ "A Quiet Departure for Obama's Top Lobbyist". Roll Call. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Statements on the Departure of Phil Schiliro". Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Obama aide Phil Schiliro returns to White House as Obamacare strategist". Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Obama taps senior aide to oversee policy execution". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  8. ^ "Campus Progress: Philip M. Schiliro". Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  9. ^ "Phil Schiliro". Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  10. ^ "The Liberal Lion in Winter". Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  11. ^ Falcone, Michael (2008-12-09). "Phil Schiliro". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 

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