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The Gatekeepers with Chris Whipple

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

CMF is delighted to welcome bestselling author Chris Whipple, whose latest book, “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency” offers a behind the scenes portrait of the Chiefs of Staff for the last nine Presidents. He will discuss the role of these powerful individuals – and what senior Hill staff can learn from both their triumphs AND their missteps.

Each chief can make or break an administration, just as something about each president is revealed by their choice of chief. Through his extensive interviews with all 17 living chiefs (as well as two former presidents), Chris pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity. This event promises to be a lively and entertaining conversation with one of this year's most buzzworthy authors.


Friday, June 1, 2018
12:00-1:30 pm
2043 Rayburn

To RSVP for this event, please email RSVP@CongressFoundation.org.

This program is only open to senior House staff. Lunch will be served.


Chris Whipple is an acclaimed writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and speaker. A multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning producer at CBS's 60 Minutes and ABC's Primetime, he is the chief executive officer of CCWHIP Productions. Most recently, he was the executive producer and writer of Showtime's The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs.

“Carefully researched and eminently readable, The Gatekeepers… provides a fresh view of the modern presidencies. Whipple cuts to the heart of what, or more to the point who, makes a presidency succeed or fail.”



The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building trust and effectiveness in Congress. CMF does not employ or retain a registered lobbyist. Our programs comply with both House and Senate ethics rules and laws, allowing staff to attend. Learn more about CMF at www.CongressFoundation.org or follow us on Twitter @CongressFdn.