When it comes to those who have served presidents in the White House, Chicagoan are well represented. On Friday, the most recent White House Chiefs of Staff met with Reince Priebus, the incoming WHCOS, and four of them had ties to the Chicago area.
The list of Chicago natives includes Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, who served in the Obama Administration, as well as former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, who served in the Clinton Administration, sources told NBC Chicago.
Samuel Skinner, who served in George H.W Bush’s administration and was born in Chicago and raised in Illinois, also attended the meeting.
“As part of the President’s directive for a smooth transition to the next administration, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has invited incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to have lunch with him and other former Chiefs of Staff here at the White House Friday,” according to a White House official. “This meeting is similar to one hosted in 2008 by then White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten to welcome incoming Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.”
The meeting also included former chiefs of staff Jack Watson of the Carter Administration, Ken Duberstein of the Reagan Administration, Andy Card and Josh Bolten of the George W. Bush Administration, and Pete Rouse and Jack Lew of the Obama Administration.