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William Michael Daley (born August 9, 1948) is an American lawyer, politician and former banker.[1] He served as White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama, from January 2011 to January 2012.[2] He also served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce, from 1997 to 2000, under President Bill Clinton.[3] He has also served on the executive committee of JPMorgan Chase & Co.[2] Daley was a candidate for Governor of Illinois in the 2014 gubernatorial election, until dropping out of the race on September 16, 2013. He ran in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election[4] but came in third in the first-round voting, and did not advance to the runoff. He currently serves as Vice Chairman at The Bank of New York Mellon.

William M. Daley
William M. Daley official portrait.jpg
24th White House Chief of Staff
In office
January 13, 2011 – January 27, 2012
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byRahm Emanuel
Succeeded byJack Lew
32nd United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 30, 1997 – July 19, 2000
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byMickey Kantor
Succeeded byNorman Mineta
Personal details
William Michael Daley

(1948-08-09) August 9, 1948 (age 71)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Bernadette Keller
RelativesDaley family
EducationLoyola University Chicago (BA)
John Marshall Law School (JD)


Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, the seventh and youngest child of the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Eleanor "Sis" Daley. He is the brother of former Illinois legislator John P. Daley and former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley.[5]

He graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep in 1966, with a B.A. degree from Loyola University Chicago, and a J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School.[6] Daley later accepted an honorary Doctor of Law degree from John Marshall Law School.[7] Except for a period from 1977 to 1980, during which time he sat on the Advisory Council of Economic Opportunity, he practiced law privately with the firm Daley and George.[2]

Professional careerEdit

He became associated with Amalgamated Bank of Chicago, where he was first vice chairman (1989–1990) and then president and chief operating officer (1990–1993).[7] Daley returned to the practice of law, as a partner with the firm Mayer, Brown & Platt[8] from 1993 to 1997.

Daley was appointed to the board of Fannie Mae in 1993 by President Bill Clinton,[9][10] serving until 1997.

Bill Daley was U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1997-2000. Among other things, Secretary Daley helped usher in the age of E-commerce, ran the 2000 census, expanded minority business development programs, and oversaw a wide range of economic initiatives during one of the strongest economic periods in American history, adding an estimated 23 million jobs. Daley stepped down to run Al Gore's campaign for President in 2000.[11]

In December 2001, following his service as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, he was appointed to a newly created position as President of SBC Communications to help reform the company's image.[12] In May 2004, Daley was appointed Midwest Chairman of JPMorgan Chase,[2] following its acquisition of Bank One Corporation. In 2007, Daley was appointed as head of the Corporate Responsibility program, a position he held until 2010.[13] Daley formerly served on the Board of Directors of Boeing, Merck & Co., Boston Properties, and Loyola University Chicago. He is currently a trustee of Northwestern University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2010, he received the Chicago History Museum "Making History Award" for Distinction in Civic Leadership. In 2014, he joined Argentiere Capital as a managing partner.[8]

Bill is married to Bernadette Keller. He has four children. Today,[when?] his three adult children and three grand-daughters all live in Chicago. Bill Daley has worked in law, telecommunications, finance and government.[14][dead link]

Political careerEdit

Clinton administrationEdit

In 1993, he served as Special Counsel to the President on issues relating to the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).[15]

Presidential politicsEdit

Daley resigned as commerce secretary to become general chairman of Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign, replacing Tony Coelho.[16] He was portrayed in the HBO film Recount, about the Florida election recount of the 2000 presidential election, by actor Mitch Pileggi.

During the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, Daley was a prominent supporter of Barack Obama. On November 5, 2008, Daley was named to the advisory board of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.[17]

Obama administrationEdit

President Obama welcomes Daley (left) as the new Chief of Staff in January 2011.

On January 6, 2011, President Barack Obama named Daley as his next White House Chief of Staff, and he took office on January 13, 2011. Daley succeeded Rahm Emanuel, who served as Chief of Staff during the first two years of the President's term and left the position in October 2010 to run to succeed Daley's brother as Mayor of Chicago, and Pete Rouse, who was serving as the interim Chief of Staff.

In March 2011, speaking for the Obama administration on Meet the Press, Daley said the administration will consider using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve if rising oil prices caused by Arab Spring threaten the U.S. economy. Daley said Obama "is very concerned; we're trying to look at all the possible options." He repeated the administration's stance that there is enough output capacity in the world to deal with any disruptions from Libya.[18]

Daley, upper center-right, standing with the U.S. national security team gathered in the Situation Room to monitor the progress of Operation Neptune Spear.

Daley was photographed in the White House Situation Room photograph taken on May 1, 2011, by Pete Souza. Later in May 2011, he was part of the Presidential State Visit to the United Kingdom.[19]

In October 2011, Daley said he planned to return home to Chicago after President Obama made it through his re-election. "I made a commitment to put the president through his re-election, which I'm confident he will do, and then my wife and I will be back in Chicago."[20]

On January 9, 2012, it was announced that Daley would resign as Obama's Chief of Staff.[21] Jack Lew was announced as his successor.

Post Obama administrationEdit

Just after the 2012 presidential election, in the November 8, 2012, issue of the Chicago Tribune, Daley was reported as considering a run in the 2014 election for Governor of Illinois. Daley said "I've thought about it before and I don't take it off the table. I think right now, to be very frank with you, the last thing in the world anybody wants to hear about is a race that's two years down the road." Daley further was quoted as saying: "I'm not closing the door and, I know that sounds like a politician, but the fact of the matter is that these are tough days and I think there's a lot to be done by the Legislature. I don't think it helps right now for people to be out there saying they're going to run and they have a solution at this point. I think we've got to see what the Legislature does."[citation needed]

2014 Illinois gubernatorial campaignEdit

Logo from Daley's gubernatorial campaign effort

On June 10, 2013, Daley announced via YouTube that he would launch an exploratory committee to run for Governor of Illinois. On July 2, 2013, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Daley for governor. On July 30, 2013, Daley filed documents declaring himself an official candidate to challenge incumbent Governor Pat Quinn in the 2014 Democratic primary. On September 16, 2013, Daley made a surprise announcement that he was exiting the race due to the personal hardships inherent in running a campaign for elected office.[22]

After the election, Bill Daley served as co-chair of the transition team for the incoming Rauner Administration.[23]

In 2018, Daley served as the head of finances for the campaign of gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy.[24]

2019 Chicago mayoral campaignEdit

Mayoral campaign logo

After two-term mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced he would not seek reelection, it was reported on September 14, 2018, that Daley would run for mayor of Chicago.[25]

Daley's candidacy made the 2019 election the fourteenth Chicago mayoral election in which a member of his family has been a candidate. William's father won the 1955, 1959, 1963, 1967, 1971, and 1975 elections. His brother won the 1989, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1983 election. This means that a member of the Daley family participated in all but four of the eighteen Chicago mayoral elections held between 1955 and 2019 (with no member of the Daley family having run in the 1979, 1987, 2011, or 2015 elections).


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  3. ^ "William M. Daley, The Chicago Community Trust". The Chicago Community Trust. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Bill Daley on bid to replace Emanuel: 'To be mayor, that would be the greatest'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Ruthhart, Bill. "Bill Daley, whose brother and father ran Chicago for 43 years, backs a term limit for mayor". Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "William M. Daley Commerce Secretary". Washington Post. December 15, 1999. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "William M. Daley". Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Executive Profile-William M. Daley". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Shafer, Jack (September 16, 2008). "Fannie Mae and the Vast Bipartisan Conspiracy". Slate.
  10. ^ Alter, Jonathan (January 7, 2011). "Bill Daley's Real Agenda: Obama's Reelection". Daily Beast. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
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  12. ^ New York Times, [1] Stephen Labaton, November 19, 2001
  13. ^ "Leadership Team" (PDF). JPMorgan Chase. 2007.
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  15. ^ EXECUTIVE PROFILE: William M. Daley
  16. ^ West, Paul (June 16, 2000). "Another shake-up for Gore's campaign". The Baltimore Sun.
  17. ^ Sweet, Lynn (November 5, 2008). "Jarrett, Podesta, Rouse to lead Obama transition; Bill Daley co-chair". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008.
  18. ^ Daley Says U.S. to Consider Using Oil Reserves as Prices Rise With Turmoil. Retrieved on January 5, 2012.
  19. ^ "US State Visit, 24 to 26 May 2011 Guest List". Royal Family official website.
  20. ^ Cohn, Alicia M. (October 11, 2011) "Daley plans to return to Chicago after election". The Hill. Retrieved on January 5, 2012.
  21. ^ Parsons, Christi (January 9, 2012). "William Daley to step down as Obama's chief of staff". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  22. ^ Pearson, Rick; Secter, Bob (September 16, 2013). "Bill Daley drops bid for governor". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
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  25. ^ Mike Lowe. Bill Daley to run for Chicago mayor WGN-TV, September 14, 2018

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