Heather Higginbottom

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Heather Higginbottom
Heather Higginbottom State Dept photo.jpg
Preceded byJeff Liebman (Acting)
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 13, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Counselor of the United States Department of State
In office
2013 – December 13, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
October 20, 2011 – 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Personal details
BornJuly 15, 1972
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materUniversity of Rochester
George Washington University
 
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Heather Higginbottom
Heather Higginbottom State Dept photo.jpg
Preceded byJeff Liebman (Acting)
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 13, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Counselor of the United States Department of State
In office
2013 – December 13, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
October 20, 2011 – 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Personal details
BornJuly 15, 1972
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materUniversity of Rochester
George Washington University

Heather A. Higginbottom (born July 15, 1972) is the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. She previously served as Counselor of the United States Department of State and prior to that 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.[1] 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.

Early life and education[edit]

Higginbottom attended Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, NY. Higginbottom received her Master of Public Policy degree at what is now called the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.

Career[edit]

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.[2]

On January 7, 2011, President Obama nominated Higginbottom to the position of Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.[3] 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.[4]

Despite the controversy surrounding Higginbottom's nomination, the Senate voted to confirm Higginbottom in a 64–36 vote on October 20, 2011.[5]

After John Kerry was confirmed to be United States Secretary of State in 2013, he hired Higginbottom as a counselor.[6]

In 2013, President Obama nominated Higginbottom to serve as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. On Nov 14, 2013, her nomination was reported to the full U.S. Senate by the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. On Dec 13, 2013, the Senate voted 51–34 to invoke cloture on her nomination, this cutting off a Republican-led filibuster.[7] Later that same day, the Senate confirmed her in a 74–17 vote.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Liebman
Acting
Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget
2011–present
Incumbent