Bill Daley: Democrat for Illinois

Meet Bill Daley

Bill Daley served as President Obama’s Chief of Staff from January 2011 until January 2012. He was involved in all aspects and issues faced by the president and the administration, both domestic and foreign. Since his time in the White House, Bill has worked to in-source jobs and investment in Illinois from China, recently completing a mission to Beijing with World Business Chicago. He has been an outspoken advocate for job creation, education reform and common sense gun safety laws.

From 1997 to 2000 Daley served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, overseeing a department of more than 40,000 people. As Special Counsel to President Clinton in 1993, Daley coordinated the successful campaign to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 2000, he chaired Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign.

Bill served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Amalgamated Bank of Chicago, an institution started in 1922 by the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union and also served as President of one of Illinois' largest private unionized employers, SBC. Later he was named Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Midwest for JPMorgan Chase, and became head of JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Corporate Responsibility in June 2007, overseeing and coordinating the firm’s global strategy and efforts in government affairs, public policy, charitable giving, and environmental and community affairs.

Bill currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Advance Illinois, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Lyfe Kitchen, a healthy eating start-up company. He earned an LL.B. from John Marshall Law School and a B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago. Bill is a father of three and a grandfather of three. He and his wife Bernadette Keller live in Chicago.