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Senior Advisor
Executive Office of the President
Website The White House

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


Over time, the Senior Advisor role has had responsibility for the following groups:

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 called the Senior Advisor for Science; the Department of the Interior has a Senior Advisor for Alaskan Affairs.

List of Senior Advisors to the President[edit]

Senior Advisor Portfolio Term of office Party President
Rahm Emanuel Rahm Emanuel
(born 1959)
Political Affairs
Strategic Planning
January 20, 1993 – November 7, 1998[1] Democratic Bill Clinton
George Stephanopoulos George Stephanopoulos
(born 1961)
Strategic Planning
June 7, 1993 – December 10, 1996[2] Democratic
Sidney Blumenthal Sidney Blumenthal
(born 1948)
Political Affairs
August 19, 1997 – January 20, 2001[3] Democratic
Doug Sosnik
(born 1959)
Political Affairs
Strategic Planning
November 7, 1998 – January 20, 2001[4] Democratic
Joel Johnson
(born 1961)
May 20, 1999 – January 20, 2001[5] Democratic
Karl Rove Karl Rove
(born 1950)
Political Affairs
Strategic Planning
January 20, 2001 – August 31, 2007[6] Republican George W. Bush
Barry Steven Jackson Barry Steven Jackson
(born 1960)
Political Affairs
Strategic Planning
September 1, 2007 – January 20, 2009[7] Republican
Valerie Jarrett Valerie Jarrett
(born 1956)
Public Engagement
Intergovernmental Affairs
January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017[8] Democratic Barack Obama
Pete Rouse Pete Rouse
(born 1946)
Strategic Planning January 20, 2009 – October 1, 2010[9] Democratic
David Axelrod David Axelrod
(born 1955)
Political Affairs
January 20, 2009 – January 10, 2011[10] Democratic
David Plouffe David Plouffe
(born 1967)
Political Affairs
January 10, 2011 – January 25, 2013[11] Democratic
Daniel Pfeiffer Daniel Pfeiffer
(born 1975)
Political Affairs
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
Jared Kushner Jared Kushner
(born 1981)
Strategic Planning[16][17] January 20, 2017 – present[18][19] Donald Trump
Stephen Miller Stephen Miller
(born 1985)
Policy January 20, 2017 – present[20] Republican

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "City of Chicago :: About the Mayor". 
  2. ^ News, A. B. C. (September 18, 2014). "George's Biography". 
  3. ^ Matthews, Dylan (June 16, 2015). "Why Donald Trump brought up Sidney Blumenthal at the second debate". 
  4. ^ Authorities, Leading. "Doug Sosnik". 
  5. ^ "Joel Johnson - Glover Park Group". 
  6. ^ Rove, Karl. "Bio". 
  7. ^ "Barry S. Jackson - American Australian Council". 
  8. ^ "Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett". December 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Emanuel's Departure Set; Replacement Is Longtime Aide". The New York Times. October 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ Axelrod, David. "David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'". 
  11. ^ "David Plouffe". August 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ Tau, Byron. "Former White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer Joins GoFundMe". 
  13. ^ Juliet Eilperin (January 21, 2015). "Obama taps senior OMB aide Deese to succeed Podesta in environmental post". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 20, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Brian Deese". November 16, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Senior Advisor Shailagh Murray". January 29, 2016. 
  16. ^ Trump, Donald J. (March 27, 2017). "Presidential Memorandum on The White House Office of American Innovation" (Press release). The White House. The Senior Advisor to the President. 
  17. ^ "Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, #29". March 27, 2017. The effort will be led by Assistant to the President and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner. 
  18. ^ "Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to join White House as senior adviser; no formal role for Ivanka Trump". 
  19. ^ Berg, Rebecca (May 31, 2016). "Jared Kushner, Trump's Unlikely Wing Man | RealClearPolitics". Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Trump taps campaign aide Stephen Miller as senior adviser". 


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