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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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Leaders House: Speaker, Party leaders, Party whips, Dem. caucus, Rep. conference, Dean | Senate: President pro tempore (list), Party leaders, Assistant party leaders, Dem. Caucus (Chair, Secretary, Policy comm. chair), Rep. Conference (Chair, Vice-Chair, Policy comm. chair), Dean
Groups African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Caucuses, Committees, Demographics, Senate Women
Agencies, Employees & Offices Architect of the Capitol, Capitol guide service (board), Capitol police (board), Chiefs of Staff, GAO, Government Printing Office, Law Revision Counsel, Librarian of Congress, Poet laureate | House: Chaplain, Chief Administrative Officer, Clerk, Doorkeeper, Emergency Planning, Preparedness, and Operations, Historian, Page (board), Parliamentarian, Postmaster, Reading clerk, Recording Studio, Sergeant at Arms | Senate: Chaplain, Curator, Historian, Librarian, Page, Parliamentarian, Secretary, Sergeant at Arms
Politics & Procedure Act of Congress (list), Caucuses, Committees, Hearings, Joint session, Oversight, Rider | House: Committees, History, Jefferson's Manual, Procedures | Senate: Committees, Filibuster, History, Traditions, VPs' tie-breaking votes
Buildings Capitol Complex, Capitol, Botanic Garden | Office buildings– House: Cannon, Ford, Longworth, O'Neill, Rayburn, Senate: Dirksen, Hart, Russell
Research Biographical directory, Congressional Quarterly, Congressional Record, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, The Hill, Roll Call, THOMAS
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