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A List of President Barack Obama's Czars


A List of President Barack Obama's Czars

President-elect Barack Obama listens while Carol Browner speaks at a press conference in Chicago on December 15, 2008. Obama appointed Browner to be his 'energy czar.'

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In 2009, President Barack Obama came under fire from conservatives for naming a startling number of newly created administration positions. Only a fraction of the president's new "czars" received Senate confirmation. Most were appointed positions. While several of these were positions held over from the previous administration, most were new. The one's that weren't saw their roles redefined and in many cases expanded. Obama looked to previous administrations for this type of "appointable" position. For example, at least one of the newly created positions was revived from the Clinton era. Although he continues to expand the number of czars in his administration, it took him just nine months to created more appointed positions than any president in history.

Obama's czars include:
  • TARP Czar: Herb Allison
  • Cyber Czar: Rod Beckstrom
  • Border Czar: Alan Bersin
  • Intelligence Czar: Dennis Blair **
  • Terrorism Czar: John Brennan *
  • Oil Cleanup Czar: Michael R. Browwich
  • Energy Czar Carol Browner *
  • Urban Affairs Czar: Adolfo Carrion, Jr.
  • Weapons Czar: Ashton Carter
  • Technology Czar: Aneesh Chopra
  • AIDS Czar: Jeffrey Crowley *
  • Great Lakes Czar: Cameron Davis
  • Health Czar: Nancy-Ann DeParle **
  • Stimulus Accountability Czar: Earl Devaney
  • Faith-based Czar: Joshua DuBois **
  • Pay Czar: Kenneth Feinberg
  • Guantanamo Closure Czar: Danny Fried
  • Sudan Czar: J. Scott Gration
  • Afghanistan Czar: Richard Holbrooke *
  • Science Czar: John Holdren
  • Green Jobs Czar: Van Jones (resigned Sept. 6, 2009)
  • Bank Bailout Czar: Neel Kashkari
  • Drug Czar: Gil Kerlikowske *
  • Performance Czar: Nancy Killefer
  • Information Czar: Vivek Kundra
  • Mideast Peace Czar: George Mitchell
  • Car Czar: Ed Montgomery
  • Domestic Violence Czar: Lynn Rosenthal
  • Mideast Policy (Iran) Czar: Dennis Ross
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Czar: Gary Samore
  • Weatherization Czar: Gil Sperling
  • Climate Czar: Todd Stern
  • Regulatory Czar: Cass Sunstein
  • Economic Czar: Paul Volcker **
* Denotes a position established by a prior administration that had its role redefined by Obama.

** Denotes a position established by a prior administration that had its appointment procedure changed by Obama.

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