At a Glance
- Career History:
(2001 to 2004) working in various roles including Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, Associate Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff for Deputy Attorney General Larry D. Thompson
- Hometown: Akron, Ohio
- Alma Mater: Harvard University, 1986; Harvard, J.D., 1989
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Path to Power
A trained lawyer and Harvard graduate, Levey grew up near Akron, Ohio, where his father had practiced dentistry. Levey graduated from Harvard in 1986, and then earned a law degree from the school in 1989.
After school, Levey started his career as an aide to District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Laurence Silberman. He practiced law for the next 11 years in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in defending people charged with white-collar crimes.
By 2003, many of the Treasury law-enforcement officials at had moved to the newly-created Homeland Security Department, including the under secretary of enforcement. The role of Treasury under secretary of enforcement remained vacant for over a year as the Treasury began to overhaul its anti-terror strategy, which now focuses on freezing terrorist funding.
In 2004, Bush announced that Levey would fill the empty position. With the change in strategy, Levey's main job was blocking the funding to anti-American terrorist organizations.
Levey worked as former Bush Attorney General John Ashcroft's deputy from 2001 to 2004. He then joined the Bush Treasury Department under Secretary John W. Snow. Henry M. Paulson replaced Snow as the head of the Treasury in 2006, and continued through the final days of the Bush administration. Levey continues at the Treasury under Obama Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
Joining Levey at the Treasury will likely be Deputy Secretary Neal S. Wolin and fellow undersecretary Lael Brainard.
From 1998 to 2000, Levey donated $1,450, all of it to Republican candidates. In 2000, he donated $1,000 to George W. Bush's presidential campaign.