44's Top 44

 Welcome to 44’s top 44.

This list is a rundown of the people President Obama relies on to make his administration operate.

The people described in the pages that follow are tirelessly attempting to achieve the president’s second term goals. Many of them are veterans of either the president’s first term or his 2012 reelection effort.

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Some of the 44th president’s confidantes are working inside the White House, including chief of staff Denis McDonough, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and director of speechwriting Cody Keenan.

There are many others on The Hill’s list who don’t spend a lot of time at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But they are running huge programs, such as Richard Cordray, who heads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director, and Robert Hale, the Pentagon comptroller and chief financial officer.

The list generally doesn’t include Cabinet members because those officials are obviously key members of Obama’s team. An exception to that rule is Michael Froman, the nation’s top trade official who is negotiating major deals with a variety of nations.

Several health experts working for Obama made the cut, including Chris Jennings. The veteran of the Clinton White House is playing a crucial role in trying to fix the implementation problems plaguing ObamaCare. Jeff Zients, who is tasked with fixing HealthCare.gov, also makes an appearance.

Other policy officials who are in this special section work on energy, telecommunications, intelligence, homeland security, food safety and the budget.

Communication and messaging officials are also recognized. Dan Pfeiffer, Jay Carney, Josh Earnest, Caitlin Hayden, Eric Schultz and Amy Brundage are among Obama’s 44 go-to players.  

Several White House officials on the list are especially busy this fall in the wake of the flawed ObamaCare rollout: deputy chief of staff for policy Rob Nabors; deputy senior communications adviser David Simas and director of legislative affairs Miguel Rodriguez. The trio has been attempting to soothe tensions between congressional Democrats and the White House.

We hope this list will be an excellent reference for members of Congress, Capitol Hill staffers, regulators, lobbyists and others.

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