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City Club of Cleveland - U.S. Office of Management and Budget: Rob Portman
Rob Portman
Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Sworn in as 35th director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in May 2006, Rob Portman will speak about the economy and federal budget priorities.

The White House OMB is the largest office within the Executive Office of the President of the United States and is an important conduit by which the White House oversees the activities of federal agencies. OMB is tasked with giving expert advice to senior White House officials on a range of topics relating to federal policy, management, legislative, regulatory, and budgetary issues.

Portman first served in the President's cabinet as the United States trade representative. In that position, he worked to expand export opportunities for American farmers, manufacturers and service providers and rebuild the bipartisan consensus for trade. Previously he served as a representative of the Second District of Ohio in the United States Congress.

During his time in Congress, Portman served as the chairman of the House Republican Leadership and was the liaison between the House Leadership and the White House. He served as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and as vice chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Portman's specific legislative successes include authoring the law to curtail unfunded federal mandates, four laws to reduce substance abuse and its consequences through prevention and education, and three laws to encourage people to save more for retirement.

Prior to his service in Congress, Portman was an associate in the Washington law firm of Patton Boggs from 1984 to 1986. He worked as an associate and then a partner at the law firm of Graydon, Head and Ritchey from 1986 to 1989 and 1991 to 1993 in Cincinnati. He served in the first Bush White House from 1989 to1991 as associate counsel to the President and later as director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.
January 8, 2007