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Joe Hagin
Joe Hagin Official Portrait.jpg
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
Assumed office
January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Anita Decker Breckenridge
In office
January 20, 2001 – July 20, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Steve Ricchetti
Succeeded by Blake Gottesman
Personal details
Born Joseph Whitehouse Hagin II
(1956-01-06) January 6, 1956 (age 62)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Kenyon College (BA)

Joseph Whitehouse Hagin II (born January 6, 1956) is serving as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations under President Trump,[1][2] a role he also served in for President George W. Bush from 2001 until July 2008.[3] In September 2008, he was interim CEO of Jet Support Services Inc. Joe Hagin co-founded Command Consulting Group in April 2009.

Early life[edit]

Hagin was born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in the Village of Indian Hill near Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College in 1979 where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He is single.


Hagin aided George H.W. Bush during his unsuccessful GOP presidential nomination campaign in 1979. When Bush became Vice President in 1981, he selected Hagin as his personal aide. Bush also appointed him to head the Vice President's Legislative Affairs, 1983-85. In 1985, Hagin left the White House to be Public Affairs Director for Federated Department Stores, which owns Macy's and Bloomingdale's.

He returned to politics during the 1988 presidential campaign where he aided Bush in his successful run. He continued his service during the administration as Appointments Secretary to the President until he took a job as vice president of corporate affairs at Chiquita Brands International in 1991. Hagin also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Madeira Indian Hill Joint Fire District before moving to Washington D.C. and while working for Chiquita Brands International.

Hagin aided George W. Bush as a deputy campaign manager during the 2000 presidential campaign. He was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff in 2001 and remained in the position until July 2008. Prior to Karl Rove's resignation in 2007, Hagin's day-to-day power rivaled that of Rove.[4]

In January 2017, President-Elect Donald Trump announced that Hagin would serve in as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.[1] Chief of Staff John F. Kelly announced on September 6, 2017, at a White House staff meeting, that Hagin will oversee the president’s schedule.[5]

Hagin played a central role in planning the North Korea–United States summit in Singapore in June 2018.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Trump names three senior White House staffers". Politico. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  2. ^ Shear, Michael D.; Haberman, Maggie (2016-12-22). "Trump Rewards Kellyanne Conway With a Top White House Staff Slot". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  3. ^ Hagin leaving White House, Mike Allen. July 3, 2008. The Politico
  4. ^ 'Time' Asks, Who Is the Next Mike Brown? Fresh Air with Terry Gross. September 28, 2005. National Public Radio.
  5. ^ , Maggie Haberman; Glenn Thrush (September 8, 2017). "New White House Chief of Staff Has an Enforcer". The New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ 19 June 2018: White House deputy chief of staff Hagin to leave

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Ricchetti
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
Succeeded by
Blake Gottesman
Preceded by
Anita Decker Breckenridge
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations


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