Douglas Holtz-Eakin

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Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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Holtz-Eakin in 2018
6th Director of the Congressional Budget Office
In office
February 5, 2003 – December 29, 2005
Preceded byDan Crippen
Succeeded byPeter R. Orszag
Personal details
Douglas James Eakin

(1958-02-03) February 3, 1958 (age 65)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Heidi Holtz (Divorced)[1][citation needed]
Adrienne Eich-Mylott (Divorced)[citation needed]
Beth Robinson[2][citation needed]
Children2 (with Heidi Holtz)[3]
Residence(s)Washington D.C., U.S.
EducationDenison University (BA)
Princeton University (MA, PhD)

Douglas James "Doug" Holtz-Eakin (born February 3, 1958) is an American economist. He was formerly an economics professor at Syracuse University, Director of the Congressional Budget Office, and chief economic policy adviser to Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Holtz-Eakin is currently president of the American Action Forum policy institute, a conservative think tank.

Early life[edit]

Douglas James Eakin[4][3] was born and raised in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1958, where his Navy-veteran father worked as a steel plant manager. He received a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Denison University in 1980 and a Ph.D in economics from Princeton University in 1985. He took his first wife's maiden name, Holtz, as part of his own upon their marriage in 1981.[4]


Holtz-Eakin established his academic career with appointments at Princeton (1984–89) and Columbia University (1985–90).

From August 1989 to July 1990, Holtz-Eakin served as a Senior Staff Economist on President George H. W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers.[5] From 1986 to 2001 he also served as a Faculty Research Fellow and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Holtz-Eakin was tenured faculty at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University from 1990 to 2003, where he was appointed Professor in 1995 and Chair of the Department of Economics from 1997 to 2001.

In 2003, Holtz-Eakin left Syracuse University to become Director of the Congressional Budget Office.[6] Under his leadership, the budget office undertook a study of tax rates, which found that any new revenue that tax cuts brought in paled in comparison with their cost.[7] He left the appointment in 2005.

Holtz-Eakin is also the President of DHE Consulting, LLC, and has served as Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the Paul A. Volcker Chair in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a senior visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics from 2007 to 2008.[8] In 2009, he joined the Manhattan Institute's Center for Medical Progress [1] as a fellow focusing on health care reform issues, but left later that year to found his own think tank.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed Holtz-Eakin to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission in 2009.

Economic adviser to John McCain[edit]

In 2007, Holtz-Eakin was hired as chief economic policy adviser to U.S. Senator John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Through the campaign and coincident 2008 economic crisis, he remained in the media spotlight on the candidate's proposals for the economy and health care. Holtz-Eakin drew particular attention when he claimed that, as a U.S. Senator on the Commerce Committee, McCain "helped create" the BlackBerry wireless device.[9]

President of American Action Forum[edit]

In early 2010, Holtz-Eakin became president of American Action Forum,[10] a conservative think tank focused on fiscal and public policy issues.[11] Since joining American Action Forum, Holtz-Eakin has appeared on Fox News to argue against a 2010 health care bill,[12] as well as writing a similarly worded Op-Ed for The New York Times.[13] Holtz-Eakin has been active in supporting Senate immigration bill S.744, which would increase annual legal immigration numbers, legalize illegal immigrants in the United States and some who have already been deported, and promises future enforcement efforts to deter future illegal immigration.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Holtz-Eakin currently lives in Washington, D.C., is married to Beth Robinson, and has two children, one a 2007 graduate of Swarthmore College.[15] One son, Colin D. Holtz, is a progressive blogger and activist based in Alexandria, Virginia.[16][17][18]

In 2013, Holtz-Eakin was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage during the Hollingsworth v. Perry case.[19]


  1. ^ "Heidi Holtz Wed in Princeton Chapel" – via
  2. ^ "Kinetics magazine" (PDF). 2014. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  3. ^ a b "Q&A with Douglas Holtz-Eakin |".
  4. ^ a b "Heidi Holtz Wed in Princeton Chapel". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  5. ^ "DOUGLAS HOLTZ-EAKIN". Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  6. ^ "Maxwell Professor Douglas Holtz-Eakin Recommended to Head Congressional Budget Office – Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University". Archived from the original on October 8, 2008.
  7. ^ Leonhardt, David. "Weighing a McCain Economist". Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  8. ^ "Experts". PIIE. January 27, 2016. Archived from the original on September 22, 2008.
  9. ^ POLITICO. "Holtz-Eakin: McCain helped create BlackBerry - -". Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  10. ^ "Holtz-Eakin's Bio on American Action Forum". Archived from the original on March 27, 2010.
  11. ^ Davis, Susan (2010-01-30). "Republican Leaders Forming New Political Group". WSJ. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  12. ^ Fox News CBO Estimates Interview on YouTube
  13. ^ Holtz-Eakin, Douglas. "Opinion | The Real Arithmetic of Health Care Reform". Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  14. ^ Schulze, Elizabeth (2013-05-07). "Conservatives Spar over Economics of Immigration Reform". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  15. ^ "Editorial: Obama Best Poised To Restore America's Reputation". Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  16. ^ "Colin Holtz". Archived from the original on 2018-06-27. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  17. ^ "Colin Holtz". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  18. ^ "Colin Holtz Joins Rebuild the Dream as National Campaigns Director". TechPresident. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  19. ^ Avlon, John (2013-02-28). "The Pro-Freedom Republicans Are Coming: 131 Sign Gay Marriage Brief". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-08-18.

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