Tevi D. Troy (2007)

Tevi D. Troy is the president of the American Health Policy Institute.[1] He is also the author of the Washington Post best-seller What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House.[2]

He served as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services and a senior White House aide in the George W. Bush administration.

Personal history

Troy is the son of Elaine Troy and Bernard Dov Troy (retired "executive director of the Jewish Educators' Assembly in Manhattan") of Queens Village, New York and a brother of Gil Troy and Dan Troy.[3] He is an Orthodox Jew[4] and "a member of the Kemp Mill Synagogue," in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he lives with his wife, Kami (née Pliskow) and their four children.[5][6]


Prior to his August 2007 Senate confirmation as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services, Troy worked in the Bush administration White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.[7] Before this position he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Labor and a policy director for Sen. John Ashcroft (R-MO), who later became Attorney General, an appointment which he supported enthusiastically in his article "My Boss the Fanatic" published in The New Republic.[5][8]

Beginning in August 2003, he served at the White House as Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Liaison to the Jewish community[9][10][11] where he advocated for more intense Republican outreach to the American Jewish community noting that nearly 50 percent of Democratic donors are Jewish: “if you’re going to take away some percentage of [those] donations to Obama, we’re talking some serious money.”[12] After less than a year, in May 2004, Troy left the position of White House liaison to the Jewish community to work in the policy department of the 2004 Bush presidential campaign, at which time he was replaced by Noam Neusner[13][14] (son of Jacob Neusner). As a member of the United States of America Mission to the OSCE, Troy served as "a senior member of the U.S. delegation to the ... [2004] Berlin conference on antisemitism" held from 28 to 29 April 2004.[5]

Published works

Troy is the author of Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians? (2002; Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). In addition to this book, he has also published articles in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Times Higher Education Supplement, The Washington Times, National Affairs, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and Reason, and an article in The New Republic entitled "My Boss the Fanatic", concerning "John Ashcroft’s relations with the Jews on his staff."[5][8]


  1. ^ American Health Policy Institute
  2. ^ ISBN 978-1621570394
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Scheiber, Noam. Black Hat Trick: What Orthodox Jews will be doing for Bush", Jewish World Review, September 8, 2004
  5. ^ a b c d e Biography: "Tevi David Troy".
  6. ^ a b "Weddings: Kami Pliskow and Tevi Troy", The New York Times, 15 August 1999, accessed 1 May 2007.
  7. ^ Dan Froomkin, "White House Watch: Inside the Real West Wing", The Washington Post 22 August 2006, accessed 25 April 2007.
  8. ^ a b Tevi Troy, "My Boss the Fanatic", The New Republic 29 January 2001, accessed 30 April 2007 (abstract; full article requires subscription; purchase); rpt. in "An Office That Holds Bible Study Together...: An Orthodox Jewish Staffer Lauds John Ashcroft's Inclusion of Minority Religions in his Senate Office", Beliefnet.com, accessed 30 April 2007.
  9. ^ Matthew E. Berger, "Bush Names Orthodox Adviser As New White House Jewish Liaison", The Jewish Press 8 August 2003, accessed 30 April 2007.
  10. ^ Cached version of "Q&A with Tevi Troy".
  11. ^ High Level Government Officials and Congressional Leaders Brief Orthodox Union Leaders in White House, Senate And House Meetings", Orthodox Union.
  12. ^ Jerusalem Post: "Has Obama lost Jews' support – and funding?" By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER June 3, 2011
  13. ^ Matthew E. Berger, "Bush Speechwriter Noam Neusner Named White House’s Jewish Liaison", Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) 18 May 2004, accessed 30 April 2007. (Neusner is the founder of the consulting firm Neusner Communications, which specializes in "speechwriting, journalism, and corporate public relations," and its "Principal" team member.)
  14. ^ Nathan Guttman, "Top White House Posts Go to Jews", The Jerusalem Post 25 April 2006, accessed 30 April 2007.

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