List of White House Chiefs of Staff

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The White House Chief of Staff is the head of the Executive Office of the President and the White House Office, and is generally responsible for overseeing the actions of the White House staff, managing the President's schedule, and deciding who is allowed to meet with the President.

List of White House Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Chief of Staff Term of office Party President
1 John Steelman John Steelman
(1900–1999)
December 12, 1946 –
January 20, 1953
Democratic Party Harry S. Truman
(1946–1963)
2 Sherman Adams Sherman Adams
(1899–1986)
January 20, 1953 –
October 7, 1958
Republican Party Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1953–1961)
3 Wilton Persons
(1896–1977)
October 7, 1958 –
January 20, 1961
Republican Party
[Note] Kenneth O'Donnell Kenneth O'Donnell
(1924–1977)
January 20, 1961 –
November 22, 1963
Democratic Party John F. Kennedy
(1961–1963)
[Note] Marvin Watson
(born 1924)
November 22, 1963 –
April 26, 1968
Democratic Party Lyndon B. Johnson
(1963–1969)
[Note] James Robert Jones James Robert Jones
(born 1939)
April 26, 1968 –
January 20, 1969
Democratic Party
4 H. R. Haldeman H. R. Haldeman
(1926–1993)
January 20, 1969 –
April 30, 1973
Republican Party Richard Nixon
(1969–1973)
Vacant
5 Alexander Haig Alexander Haig
(1924–2010)
May 4, 1973 –
September 21, 1974
Republican Party Richard Nixon
(1973–1974)
Gerald Ford
(1974)
6 Donald Rumsfeld Donald Rumsfeld
(born 1932)
September 21, 1974 –
November 20, 1975
Republican Party Gerald Ford
(1974–1977)
7 Dick Cheney Dick Cheney
(born 1941)
November 20, 1975 –
January 20, 1977
Republican Party
Vacant Jimmy Carter
(1977–1981)
8 Hamilton Jordan Hamilton Jordan
(1944–2008)
July 18, 1979 –
June 11, 1980
Democratic Party
9 Jack Watson Jack Watson
(born 1938)
June 11, 1980 –
January 20, 1981
Democratic Party
10 James Baker James Baker
(born 1930)
January 20, 1981 –
February 4, 1985
Republican Party Ronald Reagan
(1981–1989)
11 Donald Regan Donald Regan
(1918–2003)
February 4, 1985 –
February 27, 1987
Republican Party
12 Howard Baker Howard Baker
(1925–2014)
February 27, 1987 –
July 1, 1988
Republican Party
13 Kenneth Duberstein Kenneth Duberstein
(1944)
July 1, 1988 –
January 20, 1989
Republican Party
14 John Sununu John Sununu
(born 1947)
January 20, 1989 –
December 16, 1991
Republican Party George H. W. Bush
(1989–1993)
15 Samuel Skinner Samuel Skinner
(born 1938)
December 16, 1991 –
August 23, 1992
Republican Party
16 James Baker James Baker
(born 1930)
August 23, 1992 –
January 20, 1993
Republican Party
17 Mack McLarty Mack McLarty
(born 1946)
January 20, 1993 –
July 17, 1994
Democratic Party Bill Clinton
(1993–2001)
18 Leon Panetta Leon Panetta
(born 1938)
July 17, 1994 –
January 20, 1997
Democratic Party
19 Erskine Bowles Erskine Bowles
(born 1945)
January 20, 1997 –
October 20, 1998
Democratic Party
20 John Podesta John Podesta
(born 1949)
October 20, 1998 –
January 20, 2001
Democratic Party
21 Andrew Card Andrew Card
(born 1947)
January 20, 2001 –
April 14, 2006
Republican Party George W. Bush
(2001–2009)
22 Joshua Bolten Joshua Bolten
(born 1954)
April 14, 2006 –
January 20, 2009
Republican Party
23 Rahm Emanuel Rahm Emanuel
(born 1959)
January 20, 2009 –
October 1, 2010
Democratic Party Barack Obama
(2009–present)
24 Pete Rouse Pete Rouse
(born 1946)
October 1, 2010 –
January 13, 2011
Democratic Party
25 Bill Daley Bill Daley
(born 1948)
January 13, 2011 –
January 27, 2012
Democratic Party
26 Jack Lew Jack Lew
(born 1955)
January 27, 2012 –
January 20, 2013
Democratic Party
27 Denis McDonough Denis McDonough
(born 1969)
January 20, 2013 –
Incumbent
Democratic Party
Note De facto, as Appointments Secretary.

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