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Joshua B. Bolten, the current White House Chief of Staff.
Joshua B. Bolten, the current White House Chief of Staff.

The White House Chief of Staff is the highest-ranking member of the Executive Office of the President of the United States and a senior aide to the President and can be a very powerful position. The Chief of Staff is sometimes dubbed "The Second-Most Powerful Man in Washington". Joshua Bolten source: http://www. ... Joshua Bolten source: http://www. ... Joshua Brewster Bolten (born August 16, 1955[], although other sources list his year of birth as 1954) is an American who was named as U.S. President George W. Bushs second White House Chief of Staff on March 28, 2006, replacing Andrew Card on April 14, 2006. ... The Executive Office of the President (EOP) consists of the immediate staff of the President of the United States, as well as multiple levels of support staff reporting to the President. ... The presidential seal was first used in 1880 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii The President of the United States of America is the head of state and head of government of the United States. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D...


Joshua B. Bolten has served as White House Chief of Staff since April 14, 2006. Joshua Brewster Bolten (born August 16, 1955[], although other sources list his year of birth as 1954) is an American who was named as U.S. President George W. Bushs second White House Chief of Staff on March 28, 2006, replacing Andrew Card on April 14, 2006. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105 in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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Duties and history

The duties of the White House Chief of Staff vary greatly from one administration to another. However, he or she is 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. Because of this duty, the Chief of Staff has been dubbed the "the gatekeeper" and the "co-President".


Originally, the duties now performed by the of Chief of Staff belonged to the secretary to the President [1]. In 1946, in response to the rapid growth of the government's executive branch, the position of Assistant to the President of the United States was established and charged with the affairs of the White House. In 1961, the president's preeminent assistant was designated White House Chief of Staff. "Assistant to the President" became a rank generally shared by the Chief of Staff with such senior aides as Deputy Chiefs of Staff, the White House Counsel, the Press Secretary, among others. The Executive Office of the President (EOP or sometimes EXOP) consists of the immediate staff of the President of the United States, as well as multiple levels of support staff reporting to the President. ... North façade of the White House, seen from Pennsylvania Avenue. ...


Not every President has had a formal Chief of Staff. John F. Kennedy never hired one. Due to the stressful and demanding nature of the job, the average term of service for a White House Chief of Staff is a little under two and a half years. John R. Steelman, under Harry S. Truman, was the last to serve as Chief of Staff throughout the entire duration of a President's administration. Steelman also holds the record for longest service at six years. Andrew Card and Sherman Adams tie for second at five years each. John R. Steelman (Born June 23, 1900 in Thornton, Arkansas - Died July 14, 1999 in Naples, Florida) was the first Assistant to the President of the United States serving President Harry S. Truman from 1946 to 1952. ... President Truman announces that Germany had surrendered (May 8 1945) Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the thirty-third President of the United States (1945–1953); as Vice President, he succeeded to the office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. ... Andy Card Andrew Hill Card Jr. ... Llewelyn Sherman A. Adams (July 8, 1899-October 27, 1986) was a United States politician, best known as White House Chief of Staff for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the culmination of a relatively short (18-year) political career that also included a stint as Governor of New Hampshire. ...


Most White House Chiefs of Staff are former politicians, and many continue their political careers in other senior roles. Examples include Richard Nixon's Chief of Staff Alexander Haig who later became United States Secretary of State, and Gerald Ford's Chiefs of Staff Dick Cheney, now Vice President of the United States, and Donald Rumsfeld, the former United States Secretary of Defense. Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... For other persons named Alexander Haig, see Alexander Haig (disambiguation). ... Seal of the United States Department of State. ... Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ... Richard Bruce Dick Cheney (born January 30, 1941) is the 46th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The Vice President of the United States is the first in the presidential line of succession... Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932) is a U.S. politician and businessman, who was the 13th Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford from 1975–1977, and the 21st Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 2001–2006. ... The United States Secretary of Defense is the head of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), concerned with the armed services and The role of the Secretary of Defense is to be the principal defense policy advisor to the President and is responsible for the formulation of general defense...


Some have suggested that a powerful Chief of Staff dealing with a "hands-off" president who decides not to become involved in the minutiæ of government, can become a quasi-prime minister. Such prime ministers exist in some presidential systems, such as in France and Russia, with the prime minister running the government and the president remaining somewhat aloof from the political process but setting broad policy goals. James Baker and Donald Regan were seen as prime ministerial-style chiefs of staff during the Reagan presidency. Howard Baker, who succeeded Regan, was critical of this system and what is sometimes called the Imperial Presidency. A prime minister is the very most senior minister of a cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ... James Addison Baker III (born 28 April 1930 in Houston, Texas) served as the Chief of Staff in President Ronald Reagans first administration, United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1988 in the second Reagan administration, and Secretary of State in the administration of President George H... Donald Thomas Regan (December 21, 1918 – June 10, 2003) was the 66th United States Secretary of the Treasury, from 1981 to 1985, and Chief of Staff from 1985 to 1987 in the Reagan administration, where he advocated supply-side economics and tax cuts to create jobs and stimulate production. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 - June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... Sen. ... The Imperial Presidency is a term used from the 1960s and made popular by the historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. ...


By contrast, Andrew Card, President George W. Bush's first Chief of Staff, was not regarded as a very powerful figure. Some say that this is because Card was overshadowed by Senior Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove [2]; others suggest that the Chief of Staff's authority is limited by Bush's practice of dealing directly with his Cabinet secretaries[citation needed]. Similarly, President Bill Clinton's Chiefs of Staff were not particularly powerful, in part because Clinton's personality kept him in touch with his Cabinet. George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) is Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. ... Cabinet meeting on May 16, 2001. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


Fictional portrayal

John Spencer, born John Speshock (December 20, 1946 – December 16, 2005), was an American actor, best known for his role as Leo McGarry, the White House Chief of Staff on the television drama The West Wing. ... Leo Thomas McGarry is a fictional character played by John Spencer on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... NBC (an acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... The West Wing is an American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast from 1999 to 2006. ... Claudia Jean C.J. Cregg, White House Chief of Staff (formerly Press Secretary) to Democratic President Josiah Bartlet, is a fictional character, played by Allison Janney on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio) is an Emmy-winning American actress, most famous for her portrayal of C.J. Cregg on the American television series The West Wing. ... This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... Joshua Josh Lyman is a fictional character played by Bradley Whitford on the television drama The West Wing. ... Bradley Whitford (born October 10, 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor. ... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Mike Novick is a fictional character played by Jude Ciccolella as part of the television series, 24. ... David Palmer is a fictional character played by Dennis Haysbert as part of the television series, 24. ... Charles Logan is a fictional character played by Gregory Itzin in the television series 24. ... Woodside as Wayne Palmer in 24. ... Wayne Palmer is a fictional character on the television series 24. ... John Allen Nelson (born August 28, 1959 in San Antonio, Texas is an American actor. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Peter MacNicol as John Cage on Ally McBeal Peter MacNicol (born April 10, 1954 in Dallas, Texas) is probably best known among younger TV viewers for his role as the eccentric attorney John Cage, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in... Thomas Lennox is a fictional character from the television series 24, played by Peter MacNicol. ... Harry Joseph Lennix (born November 16, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Jim Gardner, played by Harry J. Lennix, is the fictional White House Chief of Staff on the political television drama Commander in Chief. ... Commander in Chief was a television drama that focused on the presidential administration and family of Mackenzie Allen (portrayed by Geena Davis), the first female President of the United States, who ascended to the role after the previous chief executive, Teddy Bridges (played by Will Lyman), died in office from... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Democratic Party. ... Theodore Teddy Roosevelt Bridges, a President of the United States, is a fictional character in the ABC political drama Commander in Chief played by Will Lyman. ... Geena Davis as President Mackenzie Allen In the television show Commander in Chief, a political drama aired by ABC, Mackenzie Spencer Allen, played by Geena Davis, is the first female President of the United States. ... Martin Sheen (born Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez on August 3, 1940) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his role in the film Apocalypse Now and, most recently, as President Josiah Bartlet on the acclaimed television drama The West Wing. ... This article is about a movie. ... Dr. Josiah Edward Jed Bartlet is a fictional character played by Martin Sheen on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... The West Wing is an American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast from 1999 to 2006. ... Frank Langella (born January 1, 1940) is an American stage and film actor. ... Dave is a 1993 comedy-drama movie written by Gary Ross, directed by Ivan Reitman, and starring Kevin Kline (in a dual role), Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn, Ving Rhames, Ben Kingsley, and Laura Linney. ... Joel C. Rosenberg in Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the background. ... Brad Benton (born Christmas 1974) is a porn star who is going to law school. ... North façade of the White House, seen from Pennsylvania Avenue. ...

Deputy

The Chief of Staff is assisted by one or more Deputy White House Chiefs of Staff. Image File history File links Public Domain photo of Karl Rove File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Public Domain photo of Karl Rove File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) is Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. ... The Deputy White House Chief of Staff is the top aide to the White House Chief of Staff, who is the senior aide to the President of the United States. ... The Deputy White House Chief of Staff is the top aide to the White House Chief of Staff, who is the senior aide to the President of the United States. ...


Joel Kaplan, Joe Hagin, and Karl Rove currently have this title. Hagin is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Mr. Kaplan for Policy. Karl Rove held the policy position until April 19, 2006 when White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten added his former Deputy Director of OMB to the Deputies list. Joel Kaplan Joel Kaplan is the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for U.S President George W. Bush. ... Joe Hagin (born January 6, 1956) is the current Deputy White House Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush. ... Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) is Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. ...


List of White House Chiefs of Staff

Chief President Years
John R. Steelman Harry Truman 1946–1952
Sherman Adams Dwight Eisenhower 1953–1958
Wilton Persons 1958–1961
vacant John F. Kennedy 1961–1963
W. Marvin Watson Lyndon Johnson 1963–1968
H. R. Haldeman Richard Nixon 1969–1973
Alexander Haig 1973–1974
Donald Rumsfeld Gerald Ford 1974–1975
Dick Cheney 1975–1977
vacant Jimmy Carter 1977–1979
Hamilton Jordan 1979–1980
Jack Watson 1980–1981
James Baker Ronald Reagan 1981–1985
Donald Regan 1985–1987
Howard Baker 1987–1988
Kenneth Duberstein 1988–1989
John H. Sununu George H. W. Bush 1989–1991
Samuel K. Skinner 1991–1992
James Baker 1992–1993
Mack McLarty Bill Clinton 1993–1994
Leon Panetta 1994–1997
Erskine Bowles 1997–1998
John Podesta 1998–2001
Andrew Card George W. Bush 2001–2006
Joshua B. Bolten 2006–

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