Republican leaders of Congress named Keith Hall on Friday to serve as the new director of the Congressional Budget Office, replacing Doug Elmendorf.
Hall, who currently serves as chief economist for the International Trade Commission, will start his four-year term on April 1. Elmendorf, whose term officially expired on Jan. 3, will continue to serve as CBO director until the end of March.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a Friday statement after House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., announced Hall’s selection, that Hall “brings with him a wealth of expertise on the economy and labor markets, as well as economic, fiscal and regulatory policy.”
Boehner thanked Elmendorf for his service, calling him “widely respected on both sides of the aisle” and “a true class act.”
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., ranking member on the House Budget Committee, said that “Congress relies on CBO for nonpartisan, unbiased economic and budgetary analysis,” and that he hopes “Hall will continue that tradition of independent and professional leadership.”