WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 8, 2014) — President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Christopher P. Lu, along with other individuals to key Administration posts on Tuesday.
“Our nation will be greatly served by the talent and expertise these individuals bring to their new roles,” Obama said. “I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
Lu is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and in 2013, he was also a fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Lu served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary.
Previously, in 2008, he served as Executive Director of the Obama-Biden Transition Project. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Lu served as Legislative Director and then as Acting Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Barack Obama.
From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Lu was Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Minority Staff). He began his career as a law clerk to Judge Robert E. Cowen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and as an attorney at Sidley Austin.
Lu was Co-Chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2011 to 2013. He received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC (Advancing Justice-AAJC) welcomed Lu’s nomination. If confirmed, he would be the first Asian American to serve in the No. 2 spot at a Cabinet-level agency during the Obama Administration and the second Asian American to hold the rank of deputy secretary.
“Chris is a strong advocate for the Asian American community,” Mee Moua, Advancing Justice-AAJC president, said. “We look forward to working with him in his new role to find ways to protect and help all American workers.”
As Cabinet Secretary, Lu also served as co-chairman of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He started his career in public service in 1997, working for Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He eventually became acting chief of staff of Obama’s Senate office before moving to the administration.
“We look forward to Lu’s quick confirmation in the Senate and we thank President Obama for making this historic nomination,” Moua added.