President Obama is leaning toward choosing Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughRyan secures big win with bipartisan Puerto Rico deal Trump, GOP agree: ObamaCare helps us Clinton’s top five vice presidential picks MORE, currently a deputy national security adviser, as his next chief of staff, sources told Bloomberg.
McDonough, who worked on Obama's 2008 campaign, is considered deeply loyal to the president. He was a longtime congressional aide who worked for Obama when he was a freshman senator. McDonough also served as foreign policy adviser to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (S.D.) and legislative director to then-Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), who is now the secretary of the Interior.
He also worked as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, and joined the National Security Council in 2009.
Obama is looking for a successor to current White House Chief of Staff Jack LewJack LewIRS doubted legality of ObamaCare payments, former official says Overnight Finance: GOP makes its case for impeaching IRS chief | Clinton hits Trump over housing crash remarks | Ryan's big Puerto Rico win The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE, the president's pick to be the next Treasury secretary.
McDonough graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., where he played football, and has a master's degree in foreign affairs from Georgetown University. The 6-foot-3 McDonough often plays basketball with the president and, Bloomberg notes, he usually rode his bike from his home in Tacoma Park, Md., to work until a recent accident.
He would be Obama's fifth chief of staff.