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Another Chicagoan, Cass Sunstein, in the Obama administration


Cass Sunstein, Samantha Power at the Obama inauguration. (Photo by Lynn Sweet)

WASHINGTON--President Obama made it official on Monday--he nominated former University of Chicago law professor Cass R. Sunstein to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

The position needs Senate approval. Sunstein's job has been known for some time; I reported here on inauguration day that Sunstein was the incoming Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget. I don't know why it took so long for the White House to make the announcement.

Anyway--Sunstein was an early campaign advisor and Obama booster. Sunstein moved from Chicago last year when he jumped to Harvard Law. Sunstein and Obama were colleagues at the U of Chicago law school.

Sunstein reaped a bigger dividend from the campaign than the White House job. He met Obama advisor Samantha Power during the campaign and the two wed in Ireland last year. Power had to leave the campaign when she got in a jam after calling Hillary Rodham Clinton a monster. She is now an Obama White House foreign policy advisor.

Office of the Press Secretary
April 20, 2009

President Obama Announces Another Key OMB Post

WASHINGTON - Today, President Barack Obama nominated Cass R. Sunstein to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

President Obama said, "As one of America's leading constitutional scholars, Cass Sunstein has distinguished himself in a range of fields, including administrative law and policy, environmental law, and behavioral economics. He is uniquely qualified to lead my Administration's regulatory reform agenda at this crucial stage in our history. Cass is not only a valued advisor, he is a dear friend and I am proud to have him on my team."

The following nomination has been sent to the United States Senate:

Cass R. Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget
Cass R. Sunstein is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. A recipient of many honors and prizes, and author of hundreds of articles and numerous books, Sunstein is the most cited law professor on any faculty in the United States. Sunstein graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in 1978 from Harvard Law School, both magna cum laude. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then he worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining Harvard, he was a faculty member at the University of Chicago Law School from 1981 to 2008. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations. Sunstein has been Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia University and a visiting professor of law at Harvard. Sunstein's many books include After the Rights Revolution (1990), Risk and Reason (2002), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2007), and Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008). He is also coauthor of leading casebooks in both Constitutional Law and Administrative Law; his major academic specialties have been constitutional law, administrative law, and regulatory policy.




This is a very controversial appointment, so I'm surprised you didn't mention any of the controversies. Check out the report written about him, online at Unions, environmental groups, and others are livid about this nomination. Check out






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