Harold M. Ickes | WIKIPEDIA | OCT 19, 2016
- Harold McEwen Ickes (/ˈɪkiːz/; born September 4, 1939) was White House Deputy Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton. He is the son of Harold L. Ickes, who was Secretary of the Interior under Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- Ickes is a graduate of Stanford University (1964, AB, Economics) and Columbia Law School. Ickes was a student civil rights activist in the 1960s and took part in Freedom Summer. He has practiced labor law for many years in New York City.
- He has been active in Democratic politics for over forty years, working in the presidential campaigns of Eugene McCarthy, Birch Bayh, Morris Udall, Ted Kennedy and Jesse Jackson. In 1989, he was a senior advisor to David Dinkins‘ successful campaign for mayor of New York City. Ickes is a registered lobbyist with the Ickes and Enright Group.
- Harold M. Ickes, is currently Co-Chair of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.’s Labor and Government Relations practice groups, also manages the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining President Clinton’s White House as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff (1994-1997), Mr. Ickes was a director of Meyer, Suozzi for 14 years. He rejoined the firm in 1998.
Since 2005, Ickes has been associated with a progressive data collection and voter file organization called “Catalist” (formerly “Data Warehouse”). He currently serves as Catalist’s President.
- He chaired Bill Clinton‘s presidential campaign in New York in 1992, persuading state Democrats to stand by Clinton despite the controversy over Gennifer Flowers.
- In the Clinton administration, Ickes served as Deputy Chief of Staff under Leon Panetta. In a lengthy New York Times profile of Ickes in 1997, Michael Lewis nicknamed Ickes “the Garbage Man” and noted that ‘Ickes has been caught up in so many of Clinton’s scandals and crises that he came to describe his function in the White House as ‘director of the sanitation department’.’
- He was a contender against Howard Dean for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).