On June 3, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Jim Leach, former Republican congressman from Iowa, as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. President Obama has been quoted as saying, "I am confident that with Jim as its head, the National Endowment for the Humanities will continue on its vital mission of supporting the humanities and giving the American public access to the rich resources of our culture. Jim is a valued and dedicated public servant and I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead."
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- The Washington Post – President Obama Nominates Jim Leach to Head NEH
- The Chronicle – Jim Leach, Former GOP Congressman, Is Nominated to Lead Humanities Endowment
- National Humanities Alliance – Statement on the Nomination of Jim Leach for NEH Chair
- National Coalition for History – President Obama Names Former GOP Congressman Jim Leach to NEH Chair