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Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget

District of Columbia



starts 10/20/2011


Heather A. Higginbottom (born July 1972) is a counselor to the United States Secretary of State. She previously had served as Deputy Director of the federal Office of Management and Budget from 2011 until 2013. On October 20, 2011, the United States Senate voted 64-36 to confirm her nomination to be Deputy Director of the OMB. Higginbottom previously had served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy in the administration of Barack Obama from 2009 to 2010 after serving on the Obama for America campaign.
From 1999 to 2007, Higginbottom served as legislative director for Senator John Kerry. She also served as the Deputy National Policy Director for the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign for the primary and general elections.
After the 2004 election, Higginbottom founded and served as Executive Director of the American Security Project, a national security think tank. She began her career as an advocate with the national non-profit organization Communities In Schools.
On November 24, 2008, it was announced that Higginbottom was appointed the Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council in the administration of President Barack Obama.
On January 7, 2011, President Obama nominated Higginbottom to the position of Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. However, Senate Republicans united in opposing Higginbottom’s nomination, citing her “lack of business and accounting experience,” putting the ratification of her appointment in doubt.
Despite the controversy surrounding Higginbottom’s nomination, the Senate voted to confirm Higginbottom in a 64-36 vote on October 20, 2011.
After John Kerry was confirmed to be United States Secretary of State in 2013, he hired Higginbottom as a counselor.

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