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Ways and Means chief economist finds new Labor

Posted by Keturah Hetrick on Jan. 5, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor's new chief economist has nearly two decades of experience working for Congress.

Robert O'Quinn, who began at DOL yesterday, was most recently chief economist to the House Ways and Means Committee under chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas). He first came to the Hill in 1999 as an international economist for the Senate Banking Committee before spending 15 years with the Joint Economic Committee.

O'Quinn, who holds an MBA from the University of Georgia and an undergraduate degree in economics, does not have a PhD in economics, the degree that the vast majority of recent former DOL chief economists have held.