Senior Advisor to the President of the United States

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Senior Advisor
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Senior Advisor to the President is a title used by high-ranking political advisors to the president of the United States. White House senior advisors are senior members of the White House Office. The title has been formally used since 1993.

Responsibilities[edit]

Over time, a senior advisor has had responsibility for the following groups:

Current departments (headed by a senior advisor)


Past departments (previously headed by a senior advisor in past administrations)

Prior administrations[edit]

In prior administrations before 1993, the position of "senior advisor" was a title used for various other purposes. Numerous examples of the position also exist throughout the executive departments and in the branch's independent agencies. For example, the Food and Drug Administration includes a position with the title Senior Advisor for Science; the Department of the Interior has a position with the title Senior Advisor for Alaskan Affairs.

List of senior advisors to the president[edit]

Senior advisors to President Bill Clinton[edit]

Senior Advisor Portfolio Term of office Party
Rahm Emanuel Rahm Emanuel
(born 1959)
Political Affairs
Strategic Planning
Policy
January 20, 1993 – November 7, 1998[1] Democratic
George Stephanopoulos George Stephanopoulos
(born 1961)
Strategic Planning
Policy
June 7, 1993 – December 10, 1996[2] Democratic
Sidney Blumenthal Sidney Blumenthal
(born 1948)
Political Affairs
Communications
Policy
August 19, 1997 – January 20, 2001[3] Democratic
Doug Sosnik
(born 1959)
Political Affairs
Strategic Planning
Policy
November 7, 1998 – January 20, 2001[4] Democratic
Joel Johnson
(born 1961)
Communications
Policy
May 20, 1999 – January 20, 2001[5] Democratic

Senior advisors to President George W. Bush[edit]

Senior Advisor Portfolio Term of office Party
Karl Rove Karl Rove
(born 1950)
Political Affairs
Strategic Planning
Communications
January 20, 2001 – August 31, 2007[6] Republican
Barry Steven Jackson Barry Steven Jackson
(born 1960)
Political Affairs
Strategic Planning
Communications
September 1, 2007 – January 20, 2009[7] Republican

Senior advisors to President Barack Obama[edit]

Senior Advisor Portfolio Term of office Party
Valerie Jarrett Valerie Jarrett
(born 1956)
Public Engagement
Intergovernmental Affairs
January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017[8] Democratic
Pete Rouse Pete Rouse
(born 1946)
Strategic Planning January 20, 2009 – October 1, 2010[9] Democratic
David Axelrod David Axelrod
(born 1955)
Political Affairs
Communications
January 20, 2009 – January 10, 2011[10] Democratic
David Plouffe David Plouffe
(born 1967)
Political Affairs
Communications
January 10, 2011 – January 25, 2013[11] Democratic
Daniel Pfeiffer Daniel Pfeiffer
(born 1975)
Political Affairs
Communications
January 25, 2013 – March 6, 2015[12] Democratic
Brian Deese Brian Deese
(born 1978)
Climate and Energy[13] February 13, 2015 – January 20, 2017[14] Democratic
Shailagh Murray Shailagh Murray
(born 1965)
Communications April 3, 2015 – January 20, 2017[15] Democratic

Senior advisors to President Donald Trump[edit]

Senior Advisor Portfolio Term of office Party
Jared Kushner Jared Kushner
(born 1981)
Strategic Planning[16][17] January 20, 2017 – January 20, 2021[18][19] Republican[20]
Stephen Miller Stephen Miller
(born 1985)
Policy January 20, 2017 – January 20, 2021[21] Republican
Kevin Hassett Kevin Hassett
(born 1962)
Economic Issues April 15, 2020 – July 1, 2020[22] Republican
Eric Herschmann Eric Herschmann
(born 1962)
Opposition research[23]
Legal issues[24]
August 3, 2020 – January 20, 2021[25] Republican

Senior advisors to President Joe Biden[edit]

Senior Advisor Portfolio Term of office Party
Mike Donilon 2022.jpg Mike Donilon January 20, 2021 – present[26] Democratic
Cedric Richmond official photo.jpg Cedric Richmond
(born 1973)
Public Engagement January 20, 2021 – May 18, 2022[27] Democratic
Anita Dunn.jpg Anita Dunn
(born 1958)
Communications January 20, 2021 – August 12, 2021[28]
May 5, 2022 – present[29]
Democratic
Gene Sperling (National Economic Council) (cropped).jpg Gene Sperling
(born 1958)
COVID-19 Relief

(American Rescue Plan)

March 15, 2021 – present[30] Democratic
Neera Tanden by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg Neera Tanden
(born 1970)
Health care Policy[a]

United States Digital Service

May 17, 2021 – present[31] Democratic
Former NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu Sept. 2018 (cropped).jpg Mitch Landrieu
(born 1960)
Infrastructure Implementation Coordination November 15, 2021 – present[32] Democratic
Julie Chavez Rodriguez (cropped).jpg Julie Rodriguez
(born 1979)
Intergovernmental Affairs[b] June 15, 2022 – present[33] Democratic
Keisha Lance Bottoms in 2019.jpg Keisha Lance Bottoms
(born 1970)
Public Engagement[c] July 1, 2022 – present[34]
Democratic
John Podesta official WH portrait (cropped).jpg John Podesta
(born 1949)
Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation September 2, 2022 – present[35] Democratic

List of advisors to the president[edit]

Advisor Portfolio Term of office Party President
Stephanie Cutter Stephanie Cutter[n 1]
(born 1968)
Message and Communications January 2011 – September 2011[36] Democratic Barack Obama
Ivanka Trump Ivanka Trump[n 2]
(born 1981)
Women's Issues
Workforce Development
Entrepreneurship
March 29, 2017 – January 20, 2021[40][41][42] Republican[20] Donald Trump

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Concurrently serves as White House Staff Secretary
  2. ^ Concurrently serves as the Director of the Intergovernmental Affairs Office
  3. ^ Concurrently serves as the Director of the Office of Public Engagement

Explanatory footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Stephanie Cutter held the official title of "Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor" during her time in office.
  2. ^ President Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump was sometimes called a 'Senior Advisor to the President' (or sometimes a 'senior advisor to the President', without the upper case 'S' and 'A') by unofficial sources,[37][38] even though that was actually the title of her husband Jared Kushner, while her own title was 'Advisor to the President'.[39]

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