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National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) Chairman

Jonodev Chaudhuri was appointed National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman by President Barack Obama. “The term of Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri expired at the end of April, and he’s now serving in a ‘holdover’ status.”

“Originally from Tempe, Arizona, but very much tied to his family roots in Oklahoma,” Jonodev “Chaudhuri graduated in 1993 with a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1999.” After graduating from Cornell Law School he served as “a Judicial Clerk for… Judge James Ackerman of the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1999 to 2000” and a “judicial clerk for…Judge Noel Fidel of the Arizona Court of Appeals from 2000 to 2001.”

“From 2001 to 2006, he served as an Associate at Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P.,” and he “ran his own law firm Chaudhuri Law Office, P.L.L.C, where he was managing attorney from 2006 to 2010,” before serving “as a deputy public defender in the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office from 2010 to 2011.”

“Additionally, Chairman Chaudhuri served as a judge on five different tribal courts.” More specifically, he was “an associate judge on the Puyallup Tribe of Nations Court from 2011 to 2012, an Appellate Judge on the San Manuel Mission Band of Indians Appeals Court from 2009 to 2012, and an Appellate Judge on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court from 2006 to 2012.” He “also held Appellate Judge appointments on the Gila River Indian Community Court of Appeals from 2008 to 2010 and on the Yavapai-Apache Nation Court of Appeals from 2005 to 2009.”

From 2009 to 2012 Jonodev Chaudhuri also did work for Lockheed Martin.

“Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri (Muscogee (Creek)) was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in April 2015. Prior to this, Chairman Chaudhuri was appointed to the Commission by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and served brief turns as Vice Chair and Associate Commissioner before being designated as Acting NIGC Chairman by the President in October 2013.”

“Before joining the NIGC, Chairman Chaudhuri was Senior Counselor to the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.” He served in this position from 2012 to 2013.

Sources: Sources: [National Indian Gaming Commission Profile for Jonodev Chaudhuri, accessed 11/04/18, Roger Gros, “Jonodev Chaudhuri,” Global Gaming Business Magazine, 05/23/18, Ela Dutt, “Obama Nominates Jonodev Chaudhuri Head of Gaming Commission,” New India Times, 07/25/14, and 2014 Financial Disclosure]

Political Connections

Jonodev Chaudhuri contributed $5,100 to Democratic candidates from 2005 to 2009, including $250 to Barack Obama in 2008.

Jonodev Chaudhuri contributed $250 to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in 2008, $400 to Democratic congressional candidate Jack Johnson in 2005, $250 to Democratic congressional candidate Mary Kim Titla in 2007, and $4,200 to Democratic congressional candidate Harry Mitchell from 2006 to 2009.

Source: [Political Moneyline Search for Jonodev Chaudhuri, accessed 11/04/18]


Department of the Interior 2017 Annual Salary: $155,500

Source: [Jonodev Chaudhuri, FedsDataCenter Federal Employee Salary Database, accessed 11/04/18]