Chiefs of Staff by President

Links provided for the chiefs of staff featured on The Presidents' Gatekeepers program.
 

PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN

JOHN R. STEELMAN — Chief of Staff from December 12, 1946 — January 20, 1953.

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PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER

SHERMAN ADAMS — Chief of Staff from January 20, 1953 – October 7, 1958.

WILTON PERSONS — Chief of Staff from October 7, 1958 – January 20, 1961.
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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

KENNETH O'DONNELL — Chief of Staff from January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963.
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PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON

W. MARVIN WATSON — November 22, 1963 – April 26, 1968.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.

JAMES "JIM" JONES — April 27, 1968 – January 20, 1969.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.
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PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON

H.R. HALDEMAN — Chief of Staff from January 20, 1969 – April 30, 1973.

ALEXANDER HAIG — Chief of Staff from May 4, 1973 – September 27, 1974.
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PRESIDENT GERALD FORD

DONALD RUMSFELD — September 27, 1974 – November 20, 1975.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.

DICK CHENEY — November 21, 1975 – January 20, 1977.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.
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PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER

HAMILTON JORDAN — Chief of Staff from July 18, 1979 – June 11, 1980.

JACK WATSON — Chief of Staff from June 11, 1980 – January 20, 1981.
See bio, photos, and exclusive video.
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PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN

JAMES BAKER — Chief of Staff from January 20, 1981 – February 4, 1985.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.

DONALD REGAN — Chief of Staff from February 4, 1985 – February 27, 1987.

HOWARD BAKER — Chief of Staff from February 27, 1987 – July 1, 1988.
See bio and photos.

KENNETH DUBERSTEIN — Chief of Staff from July 1, 1988 – January 20, 1989. See bio, photos and exclusive video.
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PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH

JOHN SUNUNU — Chief of Staff from January 20, 1989 – December 16, 1991.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.

SAMUEL SKINNER — Chief of Staff from December 16, 1991 – August 23, 1992. See bio, photos and exclusive video.

JAMES BAKER — Chief of Staff from January 20, 1981 – February 4, 1985.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.
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PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON

MACK MCLARTY — Chief of Staff from January 20, 1993 – July 27, 1994.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.

LEON PANETTA — Chief of Staff from July 17, 1994 – January 20, 1997.
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ERSKINE BOWLES — Chief of Staff from January 20, 1997 – October 30, 1998.
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JOHN PODESTA — Chief of Staff from October 30, 1998 – January 20, 2001.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.
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PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

ANDREW CARD — Chief of Staff from January 20, 2001 – April 14, 2006.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.

JOSHUA BOLTEN — Chief of Staff from April 14, 2006 – January 20, 2009.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

RAHM EMANUEL — Chief of Staff from January 20, 2009 – October 1, 2010.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.

WILLIAM DALEY — Chief of Staff from January 13, 2011 – January 27, 2012.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.

JACK LEW — Chief of Staff from January 27, 2012 – January 25, 2013.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.

DENIS MCDONOUGH — Chief of Staff from January 25, 2013 – present.
See bio, photos and exclusive video.

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