Rob Nabors is the current Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. President Barack Obama. Previously, Nabors served as the Director of Legislative Affairs in the Obama Administration, as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and as Senior Advisor to former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Nabors is the son of Army Major General Robert L. Nabors, and his wife. He was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey. Since his father was active in the military, Nabors lived in a variety of places during his youth, including Arizona, Maryland, Germany, Virginia, South Korea, Florida, Italy, and Massachusetts. He received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1993 and an M.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1996. Immediately after graduating from North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Nabors joined the Office of Management and Budget as a program examiner. Assigned to the Bureaus commerce branch, he was responsible for the decennial census, and while he was working on that task was praised by OMB Director Jacob Lew, who promoted him to special assistant to the director in 1998. He was 27 at the time.
In 2000 Nabors was promoted to assistant director for administration and executive secretary where his basic tasks were to provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, handling information requests, preparing statistical reports, and performing clerical functions such as receiving visitors, preparing correspondence, scheduling meetings, and arranging conference calls. In 2001 he was a staffer for the House Appropriations Committee. He was promoted to minority staff director of the Committee by Appropriations Chair, Congressman David Obey (Wisconsin) in 2004 and, upon the Democrats winning the House in 2006, was made the majority staff director. Nabors served on the House Appropriations Committee until 2008 and during that time became the 13th Clerk and Staff Director of the Committee.
On November 25, 2008 Nabors was selected by President-elect Barack Obama as Deputy Director of the Office of