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John W. Snow

Self Description

June 2006: "President George W. Bush nominated John William Snow to be the 73rd Secretary of the Treasury on January 13, 2003 . The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Snow to the position on January 30, 2003 and he was sworn into office on February 3, 2003 . As Secretary of the Treasury, Snow works closely with President Bush on a broad array of economy policy issues.

Before coming to Treasury, Snow was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CSX Corporation, where he successfully guided the global transportation company through a period of tremendous change. During Snow’s twenty years at CSX, he led the Corporation to refocus on its core railroad business, dramatically reduce injuries and train accidents, and improve its financial performance.

Snow’s previous public service includes having served at the Department of Transportation as Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Deputy Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary for the Governmental Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Plans and International Affairs.

Snow served as Chairman of the Business Roundtable, the foremost business policy group comprised of 250 chief executive officers of the nation's largest companies. During his tenure as Chairman from 1994 through 1996, he played a major role in supporting passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and working on the deficit reduction agreement.

Snow is also recognized as a leading champion of improved corporate governance practices. He is a former co-chairman of the influential Conference Board's Blue-Ribbon Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise. He also served as co-chairman of the National Commission on Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement in 1992 that made recommendations following the savings and loan crisis.

John Snow was born in Toledo , Ohio , on August 2, 1939 , and graduated in 1962 from the University of Toledo . He later earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia where he studied under two Nobel Prize winners. Snow graduated with a law degree from the George Washington University in 1967 and then taught economics at the University of Maryland , University of Virginia , as well as law at George Washington. He also served as a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in 1977 and a Distinguished Fellow at the Yale School of Management from 1978 until 1980."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2006: The remarks were the first in public by Mr. Bush on the issue, and they came as the administration intensified its attacks on newspapers' handling of it. In a speech in Nebraska on Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney repeatedly criticized The Times by name, while Treasury Secretary John W. Snow dismissed as 'incorrect and offensive' the rationale offered by the newspaper's executive editor for the decision to publish.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, The (AEI) Organization Jun 28, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Business Roundtable Organization Jun 28, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) CSX Corporation Organization
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Conference Board, The (TCB) Organization Jun 28, 2006
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Student/Trainee (past or present) George Washington University, The (GW) Organization Jun 28, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Organization Jun 28, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Treasury Department/Department of the Treasury Organization Jun 28, 2006
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) University of Maryland (College Park) Organization Jun 28, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Toledo Organization Jun 28, 2006
Student/Trainee (past or present) Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) University of Virginia (UVA) Organization Jun 28, 2006
Employee/Contractor/Fellow/Freelancer (past or present) Yale University Organization Jun 28, 2006

Articles and Resources

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Jun 27, 2006 Bush Says Report on Bank Data Was Disgraceful

QUOTE: President Bush on Monday condemned as "disgraceful" the disclosure last week by The New York Times and other newspapers of a secret program to investigate and track terrorists that relies on a vast international database that includes Americans' banking transactions.

New York Times
Jun 23, 2006 Bank Records Secretly Tapped: Administration Began Using Global Database Shortly After 2001 Attacks

QUOTE: The Bush administration, relying on a presidential declaration of emergency, has secretly been tapping into a vast global database of confidential financial transactions for nearly five years...

Washington Post
May 26, 2006 'Antique' Phone Tax Dropped: Treasury to Refund $13 Billion Collected on Long-Distance Calls

QUOTE: The Treasury Department, conceding that it has no right to continue collecting a 108-year-old tax on long-distance telephone calls, announced yesterday that it will drop its legal battle for the tax and instead refund about $13 billion to callers who have paid the tax in the past three years.

Washington Post
May 19, 2006 Senators Deride U.S. Position on China

QUOTE: China's currency policy... has drawn widespread criticism for giving Chinese manufacturers a competitive edge that costs American jobs.

Washington Post
Mar 08, 2006 Retirement Fund Tapped to Avoid National Debt Limit

QUOTE: The Treasury Department has started drawing from the civil service pension fund to avoid hitting the $8.2 trillion national debt limit. The move to tap the pension fund follows last month's decision to suspend investments in a retirement savings plan held by government employees.

Washington Post
Jan 06, 2003 Battle brews over benefits

QUOTE: When running for office, President Bush billed himself as a "compassionate conservative." By now, few ardent liberals accept that self-description.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 18, 2002 Deciding on Executive Pay: Lack of Independence Is Seen

QUOTE: An examination of almost 2,000 corporations finds that at hundreds of them, members of the compensation committee work for or do business with the company or its chief executive.

New York Times