Keith Hennessey


Keith Hennessey most recently served as the senior White House economic advisor to President George W. Bush. Mr. Hennessey coordinated economic policy for the President, including financial market issues, tax policy, energy and climate change, health care, Social Security and Medicare reform, housing, technology and telecommunications, and agriculture. He now writes about American economic policy at

From his West Wing office beginning in August 2002 through the end of 2007, Mr. Hennessey served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. In 2008 and 2009, he was Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council.

Mr. Hennessey analyzed economic policy problems and coordinated design of the President's economic policies. He framed strategic decisions and policy options for the President, integrating economic and other policy analysis with legal, legislative, and political constraints. He acted as an honest broker among the various Cabinet secretaries and senior White House advisors, resolving conflicting views when possible, and structuring and chairing Oval Office meetings at which issues and options were presented to the President. After a Presidential policy decision, Mr. Hennessey was part of the core White House team that wrote the speech, communicated the policy to the public, worked with Congress to enact a new law, and oversaw the implementation of the policy.

In addition to advising the President on his Administration's response to the financial crisis of 2008, Mr. Hennessey helped design, enact, and implement the President's most important economic policies, including reforming the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and international economic issues such as several free trade agreements.

Before the White House, Mr. Hennessey spent eight years on Capitol Hill, most of it working as Economic Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. He also worked for Senator Pete Domenici on the staff of the Senate Budget Committee, and on the staff of the 1994 Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform.

Before coming to Washington in 1994, he spent two years developing software at Symantec Corporation and two years at Harvard where he received a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He earned a BAS degree in math and political science from Stanford in 1990. Mr. Hennessey is single and lives in Arlington, Virginia.