Denis Richard McDonough (born December 2, 1969) is the 27th and current White House Chief of Staff, succeeding Jack Lew at the start of President Obama's second term.
McDonough was born on December 2, 1969, in Stillwater, Minnesota. He was one of eleven children of William and Kathleen McDonough. McDonough attended Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he played safety on the Johnnies football team for Hall of Fame coach John Gagliardi. McDonough was a member of teams that won two conference titles in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. McDonough graduated from Saint John's University with a B.A. summa cum laude in history and Spanish in 1992. He was raised in a devout Catholic family.
After graduation, McDonough traveled extensively throughout Latin America and taught high school in Belize. He then attended Georgetown University and graduated with an MSFS degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 1996...
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