Valerie Jarrett

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Valerie Jarrett
Senior Advisor to the President
From: January 21, 2009 to January 20, 2017
Predecessor Karl Rove
Successor Jared Kushner
Steven Miller
Party Democrat
Valerie Jarrett and Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings at Obama's 2012 victory party. Hastings became a vocal critic of the Obama administration, Democratic Party and surveillance state. His last story, Why Democrats Love to Spy On Americans,[1] was published by BuzzFeed eleven days before his death. He was killed while working on a profile of CIA Director John O. Brennan.

Valerie Jarrett is the most trusted senior adviser to president Barack Obama. According to Conservative Report, Jarrett was the key decision-maker on the night of the Benghazi attacks.[2]

Jarrett is the daughter-in-law of Vernon Jarrett, a prominent Chicago journalist who supported the aborted candidacy of former Vice-President Henry A. Wallace on the Progressive ticket in 1948.

Early and Personal Life

Jarrett was born Valerie June Bowman November 14, 1956 in Shiraz, Iran, to African-American parents James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman. Her father was Chair of pathology at Nemazee Hospital in Iran. When Valerie was 5, her family moved to London for a year, and later to Chicago, in 1963.[3] In 1983 she married William Robert Jarrett, whom she had known since childhood, son of a Chicago Sun-Times reporter. When their daughter Laura was born, Jarrett switched to public service in an effort to do something that would make her proud. [4] She separated from Jarrett in 1987 and divorced in 1988.

Communist Background

Jarrett comes from a long lineage of marxist and communist family members and is the one responsible for "bringing the revolutionary communist Van Jones into the Administration six years ago.[5]"


Northfield Mount Hermon grad. 1974 Stanford University, M.A. Psychology 1978 University of MI Law School, J.D. 1981 [6]

Political career

Jarrett began her career in Chicago politics working for Mayor Harold Washington [7] as Deputy Corporation Counsel for Finance and Development.[8] She continued serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Mayor Richard Daley. She was responsible for hiring Michelle Robinson, from a private law firm. Michelle was then engaged to Barack Obama.[9] She later served in other positions in Chicago. Immediately before joining the Obama administration, she was CEO of a real estate development company. She is one of three senior advisors to Obama.

See also


  2. #Benghazi: Valerie Jarrett, Commander-in-Chief Accessed December 6, 2015.
  3. "2-Min Bio: Valerie Jarrett", Time, November 11, 2008
  4. van Meter, Jonathan (October 2008), "Barack's Rock", Vogue, retrieved December 15, 2008
  5. The Communist Family Tree of Valerie Jarrett. FrontPage Magazine (June 26, 2015).
  6. Valerie Jarrett to leave University of Chicago posts for White House, University of Chicago, January 9, 2009, "...Stanford University in 1978 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1981"
  7. "Campaign 2008: The Family Friend: Valerie Jarrett". Newsweek. May 19, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2008
  8. Valerie Jarrett to lead expanded Board of University of Chicago Medical Center" (Press release). University of Chicago News Office. June 13, 2006
  9. Valerie Jarrett to lead expanded Board of University of Chicago Medical Center" (Press release). University of Chicago News Office. June 13, 2006