Report: Obama leaning toward McDonough for next chief of staff

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.

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Another leading candidate is Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenClinton urged to go liberal with vice presidential pick Biden will host cancer research summit in DC Reid throws wrench into Clinton vice presidential picks MORE.

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.


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