Report: Obama leaning toward McDonough for next chief of staff

President Obama is leaning toward choosing Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughBenghazi Report and Hillary: What it means for Philadelphia White House bans Cabinet members from speaking at convention Overnight Defense: Benghazi report fallout | Nearly 50 dead after Istanbul attack 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 BidenEmphasis on diversity in Democratic convention lineup Biden to end long career by boosting his rival Why Kaine is the right choice for Clinton MORE.

Obama is looking for a successor to current White House Chief of Staff Jack LewJack LewDems hail Dodd-Frank reforms on law's anniversary Panic prompted ObamaCare lawlessness GE Capital and the coyote’s leg 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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