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Neomi Rao
Neomi Rao
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Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

July 18, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Howard Shelanski
Personal details
Neomi Jehangir Rao

(1973-03-22) March 22, 1973 (age 45)
Spouse(s)Alan Lefkowitz
EducationYale University (AB)
University of Chicago Law School (JD)

Neomi Jehangir Rao (born March 22, 1973) is an Indian American attorney, academic, and government official who currently serves as the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.[1] Before assuming her current role, Rao was an associate professor of law and the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School. Her research and teaching focused on constitutional and administrative law.[2] President Trump has nominated her to be a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Education and legal career

Rao was born to mother Zerin Rao and father Jehangir Narioshang Rao, both Parsi physicians from India[3], and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she was educated at Detroit Country Day School (class of 1991).[4] After graduating from Yale University with highest distinction in ethics, politics, economics, and philosophy, Rao attended the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and received her J.D. in 2000. She was the comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, and executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy for the Symposium edition. Rao clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas[5] from 2001 to 2002, and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 2000 to 2001.

After her clerkships, she practiced public international law and arbitration at British law firm Clifford Chance in London, United Kingdom. During the second term of the presidency of George W. Bush, Rao worked in the White House counsel's office and as a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee.[5] Later, she became a professor at George Mason University School of Law (subsequently renamed the Antonin Scalia Law School, a change for which she advocated),[5] where she received tenure in 2012. In 2015, she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State.[6][5]

She is a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and the governing council of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, where she co-chairs the section's regulatory policy committee.[1][7] She is a member of the Federalist Society.[8]

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator

On April 7, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Rao to become the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget. Former OIRA Administrator Susan Dudley described Rao as "an excellent choice to lead OIRA...In addition to a sharp legal mind, she brings an openness to different perspectives and an ability to manage the competing demands of regulatory policy."[9] Legal commentator and law professor Jonathan H. Adler wrote that "Trump's selection of Rao suggests the administration is serious about regulatory reform, not merely reducing high-profile regulatory burdens."[1] Rao was confirmed to the position by the United States Senate on July 10, 2017.[10]

Nomination to court of appeals

On November 13, 2018, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Neomi Rao to the seat Justice Brett Kavanaugh previously occupied on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.[11] Her nomination was sent to the Senate later that day[12] and is currently pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Personal life

Rao is married to Alan Lefkowitz, and they have two children, Isabella and Ezra Lefkowitz-Rao.[13]


  1. ^ a b c Adler, Jonathan (April 7, 2017). "White House names Neomi Rao as next 'regulatory czar'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Waddell, Melanie (April 11, 2017). "Scalia Law's Neomi Rao Picked for Trump Regulatory Chief". National Law Journal. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Neomi Rao To Lead OIRA In US". Parsi Times. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Alumni Class Notes" (PDF). Bee Hive, for Alumni, Friends and Family of Detroit Country Day School (Winter): 39. 2005. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Eder, Steve (2017-07-09). "Neomi Rao, the Scholar Who Will Help Lead Trump's Regulatory Overhaul". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Mufson, Steven (April 20, 2017). "Pick for rules czar would hand more power to Trump". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Indian-American Neomi Rao nominated as Trump's regulatory czar". Deccan Chronicle. April 8, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ McDonald, Laughlin; Dudley, Susan E. (April 12, 2017). "President nominates Neomi Rao to head OIRA". Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Devaney, Tim (April 7, 2017). "Trump nominates regulatory chief". The Hill. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Siegel, Josh (July 10, 2017). "Senate confirms Neomi Rao to lead White House office overseeing regulations". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Gray, Noah (November 13, 2018). "Trump nominates Neomi Rao to replace Kavanaugh on DC Circuit". CNN. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "Two Nominations Sent to the Senate". The White House. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Hearing on the Nomination of Neomi Rao to be the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Statement of Neomi Rao" (PDF). United States Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. June 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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Preceded by
Howard Shelanski


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