Jack Watson (presidential adviser)

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Jack Watson
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9th White House Chief of Staff
In office
June 11, 1980 – January 20, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byHamilton Jordan
Succeeded byJames Baker
Personal details
Born (1938-10-24) October 24, 1938 (age 80)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationVanderbilt University (BA)
Harvard University (LLB)

Jack Hearn Watson Jr. (born October 24, 1938) is an American corporate strategist and political aide who served as White House Chief of Staff to President Jimmy Carter from 1980 to 1981.

Personal life[edit]

Watson is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Pathfinder and Reconnaissance Team Leader, First Force Reconnaissance Company, and left the Marine Corps with the rank of Captain.


He served as head of the Carter-Mondale Policy Planning Group in 1976, and later was Director of the Transition Team during the transition of government from President Ford to President Carter. In the Carter administration from 1977 to 1981, he served as Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, Secretary to the Cabinet, and White House Chief of Staff. He chaired the President's Interagency Coordinating Council created by Executive Order in 1978 to coordinate implementation of the President's domestic policy.

Post-Carter Administration[edit]

From January 1998 to June 2000, he served as Chief Legal Strategist of Monsanto Company.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hamilton Jordan
White House Chief of Staff
Succeeded by
James Baker