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 Days Party President
1
[Note]
John Steelman John Steelman
(1900–1999)
December 12, 1946 – January 20, 1953 2,231 Democratic Harry S. Truman
(1945–1953)
2 Sherman Adams Sherman Adams
(1899–1986)
January 20, 1953 – October 7, 1958 2,086 Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower
(1953–1961)
3 Wilton Persons Wilton Persons
(1896–1977)
October 7, 1958 – January 20, 1961 836 Republican
4
[Note]
Kenneth O'Donnell Kenneth O'Donnell
(1924–1977)
January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963 1,036 Democratic John F. Kennedy
(1961–1963)
5
[Note]
Marvin Watson Marvin Watson
(1924–2017)
February 1, 1965 – April 26, 1968 1,180 Democratic Lyndon B. Johnson
(1963–1969)
6
[Note]
James R. Jones James R. Jones
(born 1939)
April 26, 1968 – January 20, 1969 269 Democratic
7 H. R. Haldeman H. R. Haldeman
(1926–1993)
January 20, 1969 – April 30, 1973 1,561 Republican Richard Nixon
(1969–1973)
Vacant April 30, 1973 – May 4, 1973 4 Republican
8 Alexander Haig Alexander Haig
(1924–2010)
May 4, 1973 – September 21, 1974 505 Republican Richard Nixon
(1973–1974)
and
Gerald Ford
(1974)
9 Donald Rumsfeld Donald Rumsfeld
(born 1932)
September 21, 1974 – November 20, 1975 425 Republican Gerald Ford
(1974–1977)
10 Dick Cheney Dick Cheney
(born 1941)
November 20, 1975 – January 20, 1977 427 Republican
Vacant January 20, 1977 – July 18, 1979 909 Democratic Jimmy Carter
(1977–1981)
11 Hamilton Jordan Hamilton Jordan
(1944–2008)
July 18, 1979 – June 11, 1980 329 Democratic
12 Jack Watson Jack Watson
(born 1938)
June 11, 1980 – January 20, 1981 223 Democratic
13 James Baker James Baker
(born 1930)
January 20, 1981 – February 4, 1985 1,476 Republican Ronald Reagan
(1981–1989)
14 Donald Regan Donald Regan
(1918–2003)
February 4, 1985 – February 27, 1987 753 Republican
15 Howard Baker Howard Baker
(1925–2014)
February 27, 1987 – July 1, 1988 490 Republican
16 Kenneth Duberstein Kenneth Duberstein
(born 1944)
July 1, 1988 – January 20, 1989 203 Republican
17 John Sununu John Sununu
(born 1939)
January 20, 1989 – December 16, 1991 1,060 Republican George H. W. Bush
(1989–1993)
18 Samuel Skinner Samuel Skinner
(born 1938)
December 16, 1991 – August 23, 1992 251 Republican
19 James Baker James Baker
(born 1930)
August 23, 1992 – January 20, 1993 150 Republican
20 Mack McLarty Mack McLarty
(born 1946)
January 20, 1993 – July 17, 1994 543 Democratic Bill Clinton
(1993–2001)
21 Leon Panetta Leon Panetta
(born 1938)
July 17, 1994 – January 20, 1997 918 Democratic
22 Erskine Bowles Erskine Bowles
(born 1945)
January 20, 1997 – October 20, 1998 638 Democratic
23 John Podesta John Podesta
(born 1949)
October 20, 1998 – January 20, 2001 823 Democratic
24 Andrew Card Andrew Card
(born 1947)
January 20, 2001 – April 14, 2006 1,910 Republican George W. Bush
(2001–2009)
25 Joshua Bolten Joshua Bolten
(born 1954)
April 14, 2006 – January 20, 2009 1,012 Republican
26 Rahm Emanuel Rahm Emanuel
(born 1959)
January 20, 2009 – October 1, 2010 619 Democratic Barack Obama
(2009–2017)
27
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Pete Rouse Pete Rouse
(born 1946)
October 1, 2010 – January 13, 2011 104 Democratic
28 Bill Daley Bill Daley
(born 1948)
January 13, 2011 – January 27, 2012 379 Democratic
29 Jack Lew Jack Lew
(born 1955)
January 27, 2012 – January 20, 2013 359 Democratic
30 Denis McDonough Denis McDonough
(born 1969)
January 20, 2013 – January 20, 2017 1,461 Democratic
31 Reince Priebus Reince Priebus
(born 1972)
January 20, 2017 – July 31, 2017 192 Republican Donald Trump
(2017–present)
32 John F. Kelly John F. Kelly
(born 1950)
July 31, 2017 – present 350 Republican

Living former White House Chiefs of Staff[edit]

As of July 2018, there are twenty living former White House Chiefs of Staff (with all Chiefs that have served since 1988 still living), the oldest being James Baker (served 1981-1985 and 1992-1993, born 1930). The most recent Chief to die was Marvin Watson (served 1965-1968, born 1924), on November 26, 2017.


Note De facto, as Appointments Secretary.
Ad interim Pete Rouse served as ad interim White House Chief of Staff following the resignation of Rahm Emanuel and until the appointment of Bill Daley.