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White House Cabinet Secretary
Bill McGinley

since January 20, 2017
White House Office
Reports to The President
Appointer The President
Formation 1981
First holder Craig L. Fuller
Succession None
Salary $173,922 Annually[1]

The White House Cabinet Secretary is a high-ranking position within the Executive Office of the President of the United States.[2] The Cabinet Secretary is the primary liaison between the President of the United States and the Cabinet departments and agencies. The position is often held concurrently with Assistant to the President.[3][4][5]

According to the White House website, the Cabinet Secretary helps "to coordinate policy and communications strategy" and plays "a critical role in managing the flow of information between the White House and the federal departments and in representing the interests of the Cabinet to the White House."[3] The Cabinet Secretary is a member of the Office of Cabinet Affairs within the White House Office.[2]

The Cabinet Secretary is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the President; the position does not require Senate confirmation. The Cabinet Secretary is among the twenty-two highest paid positions in the White House.[6]

List of Cabinet Secretaries[edit]

Cabinet Secretary Term President
Craig L. Fuller September 14, 1981 – January 30, 1985 Ronald Reagan
Alfred H. Kingon January 30, 1985 – February 18, 1987
Nancy Risque February 18, 1987 – January 20, 1989
Phillip D. Brady January 20, 1989 – June 26, 1989 George H. W. Bush
Steve Danzansky June 26, 1989 – April 20, 1991
Gary Blumenthal June 10, 1991 – September 10, 1992
Daniel Casse September 10, 1992 – January 20, 1993
Christine A. Varney January 20, 1993 – October 14, 1994 Bill Clinton
Kitty Higgins January 26, 1995 – February 7, 1997
Thurgood Marshall, Jr. February 7, 1997 – January 20, 2001
Albert Hawkins III January 20, 2001 – January 2003 George W. Bush
Brian D. Montgomery January 2003 – February 24, 2005
Heidi Smith 2005 – 2006
Neal Burnham
Ross Kyle
Acting to November 3, 2006
August 9, 2006 – January 20, 2009
Chris Lu January 20, 2009 – January 25, 2013 Barack Obama
Danielle C. Gray January 25, 2013 – January 13, 2014
Broderick D. Johnson January 13, 2014 – January 20, 2017
Bill McGinley January 20, 2017 – present Donald Trump

See also[edit]

Maxwell Rabb, Eisenhower's Secretary


  1. ^ "White House Salaries". The White House. The White House. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Executive Office of the President". The White House. The White House. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "White House Author". The White House. The White House. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "White House Author". The White House. The White House. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "White House Author". The White House. The White House. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Korte, Gregory (July 1, 2014). "22 White House staffers make $172,200 a year". USA Today. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 


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