Obama taps Lew for Treasury chief

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama nominated Jack Lew, his chief of staff, to be secretary of the Treasury Department.

Lew would if the Senate confirms him succeed Timothy Geithner.

“As the son of a Polish immigrant, a man of deep and devout faith, Jack knows that every number on a page, every dollar we budget, every decision we make has to be an expression of who we wish to be as a nation, our values,” Obama said Thursday at the White House, flanked by Lew and Geithner.

Lew, a chief of the Office of Management and Budget under both Obama and President Bill Clinton, is an Orthodox Jew and has spoken often about balancing observance with the demands of the highest precincts of government.

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