U.S. Congressional Chief of Staff
A U.S. Congressional Chief of Staff is the top executive in the office of a member of the United States Congress. Chiefs of staff may also be called "Administrative Assistants," not to be confused with simple secretaries.
Very much like an office manager, they supervise all the aspects of a Congressional office including personnel decisions and policy initiatives. A chief of staff is usually the alpha in a congressional office responsible only to the Member; however, there are some offices that have less traditional hierarchies. They may also be assigned to such political undertakings as campaign finance fund raising and campaign organization. From time to time a CoS may be based out of a district office, but they are almost always found on the Hill. Usually they are very experienced working on Capitol Hill or are a personal friend of the Member. Some chiefs of staff got their positions by previously serving as a campaign manager. Salaries tend to be near or above $100,000.
Chiefs of Staff to Senators of the 109th Congress
Listed alphabetically by Senator's last name. The two Senators from Hawaii label their Chiefs of Staff as Administrative Assistants. This practice is usually more common in the House and Senators Akaka and Inouye are the only Senators who have Administrative Assistants.
List from the C-SPAN 2006 Congressional Directory--109th Congress, 2nd Session
Chief of Staff Senator & State CoS or AA James Sakai Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) AA Tom Ingram Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) CoS Sean Conway Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO) CoS Dick Wadhams Sen. George Allen (R-VA) CoS Jim Messina Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) CoS Tom Sugar Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) CoS Mary Jane Collipriest Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) CoS Danny O'Brien Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE) CoS Stephen Ward Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) CoS Brian Klippenstien Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-MO) CoS Karen Olick Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) CoS Rob Wasinger Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) CoS David Young Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) CoS Clark Johnson Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) CoS Alicia Peterson Clark Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) CoS Barbara Videnieks Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) CoS Michael Meehan Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) CoS Johnathon Jones Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-DE) CoS David Griswold Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee (R-RI) CoS Krister Holladay Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) CoS Tamera S. Luzzatto Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) CoS Mike Schwartz Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) CoS Mark Keenum Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) CoS Erich Mische Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) CoS Steve Abbott Sen. Susan M. Collins (R-ME) CoS Bob Van Heuvelen Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) CoS Pete Olson Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) CoS Mike Ware Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-ID) CoS Peter Fischer Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) CoS Jack Danielson Sen. Mark Dayton (D-MN) CoS Bret Bernhardt Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) CoS Laurel Presslet Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) CoS Sheryl Cohen Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) CoS Greg Gross Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) CoS Steve Bell Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) CoS Bernie Toon Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) CoS Ed Greelegs Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) CoS Scott Bensing Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) CoS Flip McConnaughey Sen. Michael B. Enzi (R-WY) CoS Mary Irvine Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) CoS Mark Kadesh Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) CoS Andrea Becker Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN) CoS Richard Perry Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC) CoS David Young Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) CoS Vas Christopoulos Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) CoS Lou Ann Linehan Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) CoS Brain Ahlberg Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) CoS Patricia Knight Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) CoS Dick Ribbentrop Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) CoS Glenn Powell Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-OK) CoS Patrick DeLeon Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) AA Heath Garrett Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) CoS Bill Kurtz Sen. James M. Jeffords (I-VT) CoS Drey Samuelson Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) CoS vacant Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) / David McKean Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) CoS Paul Bock Sen. Herbert H. Kohl (D-WI) CoS Tim Glazewski Sen. Jon L. Kyl (R-AZ) CoS Ron Faucheux Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) CoS Tim Yehl Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) CoS Ed Pagano Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) CoS David Lyles Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) CoS Clarine Nardi Riddle Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT) CoS Elizabeth Burks Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln (D-AR) CoS Bret Boyles Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) CoS Marty Morris Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) CoS John Little Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) CoS Mark Salter Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) CoS Billy Piper Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) CoS Ivan Zapien Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) CoS Julia Frifield Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) CoS Tom Daffron Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) CoS Rick Desimone Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) CoS Tim Becker Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) CoS Peter J. Mitchell Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) CoS Pete Rouse Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) CoS Bob Russell Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) Cos Neil Campbell Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) CoS Susan McCue Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) CoS Jackie Cottrell Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) CoS Kerry Ates Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) CoS Ken Lane Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) CoS Wayne Palmer Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) CoS Johnathan Davidson Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD) CoS David Hantman Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) CoS Rick Dearborn Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) CoS Shannon Hines Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-AL) CoS John Easton Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) CoS John Richter Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) CoS William Reynolds Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) CoS Sander Lurie Sen. Debbie A. Stabenow (D-MI) CoS George Lowe Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) CoS Paul J. Collines, Jr. Sen. John E. Sununu (R-NH) CoS Mark Strand Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) CoS Shawn Whitman Sen. Craig Thomas (R-WY) CoS Matt Zabel Sen. John R. Thune (R-SD) CoS Kyle Ruckert Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) CoS Aric Newhouse Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) CoS Ann Loomis Sen. John W. Warner (R-VA) CoS Josh Kardon Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) CoS
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