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White House Chief of Staff
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Incumbent
Mark Meadows

since March 31, 2020
Executive Office of the President
White House Office
Reports to The President
Appointer The President
Formation 1946 (Assistant to the President)
1961 (White House Chief of Staff)
First holder John R. Steelman
Succession None
Website The White House

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. The CoS does things previously done by the President's private secretary. Mark Meadows became White House Chief of Staff in March 2020.

List of White House Chiefs of Staff

No. Chief of Staff Took office Left office Time in office Party President
1
John Steelman
Steelman, JohnJohn Steelman
(1900–1999)
December 12, 1946 January 20, 1953 6 years, 39 days Democrat Truman, HarryHarry S Truman (Dem)
(1945 – 1953)
2
Sherman Adams
Adams, ShermanSherman Adams
(1899–1986)
January 20, 1953 October 7, 1958 5 years, 260 days Republican Eisenhower, DwightDwight D. Eisenhower (Rep)
(1953 – 1961)
3
Wilton Persons
Persons, WiltonWilton Persons
(1896–1977)
October 7, 1958 January 20, 1961 2 years, 105 days Republican Eisenhower, DwightDwight D. Eisenhower (Rep)
(1953 – 1961)
-
Kenneth O'Donnell
O'Donnell, KennethKenneth O'Donnell
(1924–1977)
January 20, 1961 November 22, 1963 2 years, 306 days Democrat Kennedy, JohnJohn F. Kennedy (Dem)
(1961 – 1963)
-
Marvin Watson
Watson, MarvinMarvin Watson
(1924–2017)
February 1, 1965 April 26, 1968 3 years, 85 days Democrat Johnson, LyndonLyndon B. Johnson (Dem)
(1963 – 1969)
-
James R. Jones
Jones, JamesJames R. Jones
(born 1939)
April 26, 1968 January 20, 1969 269 days Democrat Johnson, LyndonLyndon B. Johnson (Dem)
(1963 – 1969)
4
H. R. Haldeman
Haldeman, HarryH. R. Haldeman
(1926–1993)
January 20, 1969 April 30, 1973 4 years, 100 days Republican Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon (Rep)
(1969 – 1974)
Vacant
April 30, 1973 – May 4, 1973 (4 days)
5
Alexander Haig
Haig, AlexanderAlexander Haig
(1924–2010)
May 4, 1973 September 21, 1974 1 year, 140 days Republican Nixon, RichardRichard Nixon (Rep)
(1969 – 1974)
Gerald Ford (Rep)
(1974 – 1977)
6
Donald Rumsfeld
Rumsfeld, DonaldDonald Rumsfeld
(born 1932)
September 21, 1974 November 20, 1975 1 year, 60 days Republican Ford, GeraldGerald Ford (Rep)
(1974 – 1977)
7
Dick Cheney
Cheney, DickDick Cheney
(born 1941)
November 20, 1975 January 20, 1977 1 year, 61 days Republican Ford, GeraldGerald Ford (Rep)
(1974 – 1977)
Vacant
January 20, 1977 – July 18, 1979 (2 years, 179 days)
8
Hamilton Jordan
Jordan, HamiltonHamilton Jordan
(1944–2008)
July 18, 1979 June 11, 1980 329 days Democrat Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter (Dem)
(1977 – 1981)
9
Jack Watson
Watson, JackJack Watson
(born 1938)
June 11, 1980 January 20, 1981 223 days Democrat Carter, JimmyJimmy Carter (Dem)
(1977 – 1981)
10
James Baker
Baker, JamesJames Baker
(born 1930)
January 20, 1981 February 4, 1985 4 years, 15 days Republican Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan (Rep)
(1981 – 1989)
11
Donald Regan
Regan, DonaldDonald Regan
(1918–2003)
February 4, 1985 February 27, 1987 2 years, 23 days Republican Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan (Rep)
(1981 – 1989)
12
Howard Baker
Baker, HowardHoward Baker
(1925–2014)
February 27, 1987 July 1, 1988 1 year, 125 days Republican Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan (Rep)
(1981 – 1989)
13
Kenneth Duberstein
Duberstein, KennethKenneth Duberstein
(born 1944)
July 1, 1988 January 20, 1989 203 days Republican Reagan, RonaldRonald Reagan (Rep)
(1981 – 1989)
14
John Sununu
Sununu, JohnJohn Sununu
(born 1939)
January 20, 1989 December 16, 1991 2 years, 330 days Republican Bush, GeorgeGeorge H. W. Bush (Rep)
(1989 – 1993)
15
Samuel Skinner
Skinner, SamuelSamuel Skinner
(born 1938)
December 16, 1991 August 23, 1992 251 days Republican Bush, GeorgeGeorge H. W. Bush (Rep)
(1989 – 1993)
16
James Baker
Baker, JamesJames Baker
(born 1930)
August 23, 1992 January 20, 1993 150 days Republican Bush, GeorgeGeorge H. W. Bush (Rep)
(1989 – 1993)
17
Mack McLarty
McLarty, MackMack McLarty
(born 1946)
January 20, 1993 July 17, 1994 1 year, 178 days Democrat Clinton, BillBill Clinton (Dem)
(1993 – 2001)
18
Leon Panetta
Panetta, LeonLeon Panetta
(born 1938)
July 17, 1994 January 20, 1997 2 years, 187 days Democrat Clinton, BillBill Clinton (Dem)
(1993 – 2001)
19
Erskine Bowles
Bowles, ErskineErskine Bowles
(born 1945)
January 20, 1997 October 20, 1998 1 year, 273 days Democrat Clinton, BillBill Clinton (Dem)
(1993 – 2001)
20
John Podesta
Podesta, JohnJohn Podesta
(born 1949)
October 20, 1998 January 20, 2001 2 years, 92 days Democrat Clinton, BillBill Clinton (Dem)
(1993 – 2001)
21
Andrew Card
Card, AndrewAndrew Card
(born 1947)
January 20, 2001 April 14, 2006 5 years, 84 days Republican Bush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
(2001 – 2009)
22
Joshua Bolten
Bolten, JoshuaJoshua Bolten
(born 1954)
April 14, 2006 January 20, 2009 2 years, 281 days Republican Bush, GeorgeGeorge W. Bush (Rep)
(2001 – 2009)
23
Rahm Emanuel
Emanuel, RahmRahm Emanuel
(born 1959)
January 20, 2009 October 1, 2010 1 year, 254 days Democrat Obama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
(2009 – 2017)
-
Pete Rouse
Rouse, PetePete Rouse
(born 1946)
Acting
October 1, 2010 January 13, 2011 104 days Democrat Obama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
(2009 – 2017)
24
Bill Daley
Daley, WilliamBill Daley
(born 1948)
January 13, 2011 January 27, 2012 1 year, 14 days Democrat Obama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
(2009 – 2017)
25
Jack Lew
Lew, JackJack Lew
(born 1955)
January 27, 2012 January 20, 2013 359 days Democrat Obama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
(2009 – 2017)
26
Denis McDonough
McDonough, DenisDenis McDonough
(born 1969)
January 20, 2013 January 20, 2017 4 years, 0 days Democrat Obama, BarackBarack Obama (Dem)
(2009 – 2017)
27
Reince Priebus
Priebus, ReinceReince Priebus
(born 1972)
January 20, 2017 July 31, 2017 192 days Republican Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
(since 2017)
28
John F. Kelly
Kelly, JohnJohn F. Kelly
(born 1950)
July 31, 2017 January 2, 2019 1 year, 154 days Independent Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
(since 2017)
-
Mick Mulvaney
Mulvaney, MickMick Mulvaney
(born 1967)
Acting
January 2, 2019 March 31, 2020 1 year, 89 days Republican Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
(since 2017)
29
Mark Meadows
Meadows, MarkMark Meadows
(born 1959)
March 31, 2020 Incumbent 241 days Republican Trump, DonaldDonald Trump (Rep)
(since 2017)

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