Why He Matters
Chris Lu, President Obama’s chief liaison to the Cabinet, is leaving his post after four years. Obama has asked him to consider serving in another White House post after taking some time off.
“Chris Lu is one of my longest-serving and closest advisors, first crafting my legislative agenda in the Senate, then leading my Presidential transition, and most recently, managing my relations with the Cabinet,” Obama said in a statement. “Through his dedication and tireless efforts, Chris has overseen one of the most stable and effective Cabinets in history — a Cabinet that has produced extraordinary accomplishments over the past four years.”
Lu has been at President Barack Obama's side since Obama came to Washington in 2005 as a senator from Illinois. Lu had spent the previous eight years as a counsel for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee before signing on as Obama's legislative director. During Obama's presidential campaign, Lu's top priority was monitoring Obama's Senate votes, but after Obama won the presidential election he named Lu executive director of the transition team.
That led to an appointment as White House Cabinet secretary, which acts as a liaison between the White House and the Cabinet. Lu