Joe Hagin

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Joe Hagin
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Hagin (right) swearing in Josh Bolten
White House Deputy Chief of Staff
In office
January, 2001 – July, 2008
Served with Joshua Bolten, Harriet Miers, Karl Rove, and Joel Kaplan
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Steve Ricchetti
Succeeded by Blake Gottesman
Personal details
Born Joseph Whitehouse Hagin II
(1956-01-06) January 6, 1956 (age 60)
Political party Republican
Alma mater Kenyon College

Joseph Whitehouse "Joe" Hagin II (born January 6, 1956) served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush from 2001 until the week of July 20, 2008.[1] In September 2008, he was interim CEO of Jet Support Services Inc. Joe Hagin co-founded Command Consulting Group in April 2009.

Early life[edit]

Hagin was born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in the Village of Indian Hill near Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a B.A. from Kenyon College in 1979 where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He is single.


Hagin aided George H.W. Bush during his unsuccessful GOP presidential nomination campaign in 1979. When Bush became Vice President in 1981, he selected Hagin as his personal aide. Bush also appointed him to head the Vice President's Legislative Affairs, 1983-85. In 1985, Hagin left the White House to be Public Affairs Director for Federated Department Stores, which owns Macy's and Bloomingdale's.

He returned to politics during the 1988 presidential campaign where he aided Bush in his successful run. He continued his service during the administration as Appointments Secretary to the President until he took a job as vice president of corporate affairs at Chiquita Brands International in 1991. Hagin also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Madeira Indian Hill Joint Fire District while working for Chiquita Brands International.

Hagin aided George W. Bush as a deputy campaign manager during the 2000 presidential campaign. He was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff in 2001 and remained in the position until July 2008. Prior to Karl Rove's resignation in 2007, Hagin's day-to-day power rivaled that of Rove.[2]


  1. ^ Hagin leaving White House, Mike Allen. July 3, 2008. The Politico
  2. ^ 'Time' Asks, Who Is the Next Mike Brown? Fresh Air with Terry Gross. September 28, 2005. National Public Radio.