|Former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System|
|February 1, 2006-January 31, 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Nominated||October 24, 2005|
|Confirmed||January 31, 2006|
|Appointed||February 1, 2006|
|Appointed by||George W. Bush (2006), Barack Obama(2010)|
|Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors|
|Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System|
|High school||Dillon High School|
|Ph.D.||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Birthday||December 13, 1953|
|Place of birth||Augusta, Georgia|
|Profession||Professor of Economics|
Bernanke previously served on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System before being appointed Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors by President Bush.
Bernanke did not seek nomination for a new term in 2014.
Born in Augusta, Georgia, Bernanke grew up in Dillon, South Carolina. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics from Harvard University in 1975 before earning his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979. Bernanke published many books and scholarly articles on various economic issues during his time as a professor at Princeton University, Stanford University, New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Bernanke's academic, professional and political career:
- 1975: Graduated from Harvard University
- 1979: Earned Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- 1979-1985: Associate professor at Stanford University
- 1985-1996: Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton
- 1996-2002: Chairman of the Princeton University Economics Department
- 2002-2005: Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
- 2005-2006: Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under the Bush administration
- 2006-2014: Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Bernanke was confirmed for a second consecutive term on January 28, 2010, but the vote was the weakest showing of support in the history of the position with a vote of 70-30. The economic downturn in 2008 brought full attention to the Federal Reserve, leading to the votes against his confirmation to a second term. Many in favor of his confirmation suggested the downturn could have been worse if Bernanke had not been the chairman.
|Ben Bernanke confirmation vote, January 28, 2010|
|Party||Votes for||Votes against||Total votes|
Bernanke is married with two children.
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- Philly.com, "The Bernanke Fed era begins," February 1, 2006
- New York Times, "Senate Vote 16 - On the Nomination," January 28, 2010
- New York Times, "Senate, Weakly, Backs New Term for Bernanke," January 28, 2010
- CNN, "Ben Bernanke Fast Facts," March 7, 2013
- U.S. News and World Report, "The Right Man at the Right Time," August 19, 2013
- Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, "Ben S. Bernanke," accessed June 12, 2013 (dead link)
|Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
| Succeeded by|
|Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors
| Succeeded by|