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Jack Lew may be next US treasury secy

world Updated: Jan 09, 2013 23:29 IST
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Barack Obama

United States President Barack Obama is expected to nominate White House chief of staff Jack Lew on Thursday as his next treasury secretary, filling one more position in his second term cabinet.

If confirmed by the senate, Lew will be replacing Timothy Geithner, the last remaining member of Obama's original economic team he put together to fight recession.

Geithner had told the White House he was not willing to serve in a second term. Others leaving Obama's first term cabinet are Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta.

Though there has been no announcement of the nomination by the White House, Bloomberg News Service has said that Obama plans to announce the nomination on Thursday.

The next treasury secretary will play a leading role in working with Congress to raise the government's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling.

Sources familiar with the process say Obama is choosing Lew because of his wide variety of government and private sector experience. Lew previously led the Office of Management and Budget and oversaw international economic issues at the State Department.

He has played a key role in numerous financial negotiations between the White House and Congress.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the expected nomination ahead of the president.

(With agency inputs)