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Rep. John Shadegg Lists ‘Czars’ Who Were Confirmed by the Senate

Last updated: 07/31/2020 08:00 | 09/16/2009 10:47
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Elisa Mueller

At a press conference on Rep. Jack Kingston’s (R-Ga.) anti-”czar” legislation, Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) held up a chart of 34 “czars” in the administration.

“I don’t think you know who these people are,” said Shadegg, ribbing the media for not holding them “accountable.”

But several of the people in Shadegg’s chart were actually confirmed by the Senate. So-called “Science Czar” John Holdren — second row, third from right — was confirmed unanimously as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, way back in March. So-called “Regulatory Czar” Cass Sunstein–fourth row, second from the left — was confirmed as the next administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs by a 57-40 vote, just last week. So-called “TARP Czar” Herb Allison and so-called “technology czar” Aneesh Chopra have been confirmed the Senate. Shadegg even lists Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, who was confirmed by the Senate a week after Inauguration Day, as the “Intelligence Czar.”

Minutes after Shadegg showed this chart, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) admitted that there were “10 czars who have been confirmed by the Senate.”

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Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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