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Barry Steven Jackson (born October 18, 1960) is the former chief of staff to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. He also served as Senior Advisor to the President for George W. Bush.

Barry Jackson
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Chief of Staff to the Speaker of the House
In office
January 11, 2011 – June 7, 2012
LeaderJohn Boehner
Preceded byTerri McCullough
Succeeded byMike Sommers
Senior Advisor to the President
In office
September 1, 2007 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byKarl Rove
Succeeded byDavid Axelrod
Valerie Jarrett
Pete Rouse
Personal details
Born (1960-10-18) October 18, 1960 (age 58)
Washington D.C., U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Iowa (BA)



Barry Jackson was born in Washington, DC but grew up mostly in Ohio. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1983 with a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.[1]

His father is Cletis M. Jackson of Lebanon, Ohio, currently President and CEO of Hi-Tek Manufacturing, Inc. in Mason, Ohio, a producer of machine components.



In 1988, Jackson joined with his father in incorporating a now-inactive company, Regal Flush Manufacturing, Inc.[2]


From 1991 until his initial appointment to the Bush White House, Jackson was chief of staff to Congressman John Boehner of Ohio. He returned to this position in January 2010 after the death of Boehner's previous chief of staff, Paula Nowakowski.[3]

White HouseEdit

Jackson began his White House career in 2001, serving as a deputy to Karl Rove. He continued in that role until Rove's resignation in 2007.[4]



In the Abramoff scandal, Jackson has been cited as a regular participant in lobbying contacts with Jack Abramoff and his staffers.[5]


Jackson's role in the politication of government under the administration of George W. Bush has been discussed in hearings on Capitol Hill. Jackson has been pointed to as someone who gave advice to Drew DeBerry, a White House liaison in the Agriculture Department, regarding travel for political purposes.[6] Jackson's role in giving presentations on political matters was also discussed in hearings.[7]


  1. ^ "White House Biographical Sketch of Barry Jackson". 2002-12-16. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  2. ^ Articles of incorporation for Regal Flush Manufacturing, on file with the Ohio Secretary of State. [PDF]
  3. ^ Parker, Ashley (September 25, 2010). "Boehner's Top Aide Is Little Known". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Abramowitz, Michael (2007-09-10). ""Rove Replacement Seen as Highly Partisan Go-Getter"". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  5. ^ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform[dead link]
  6. ^ "Chairman Waxman on Politicization of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy". 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
  7. ^ "Interim Report on RNC Emails and the Presidential Records Act". 2011-04-04. Retrieved 2011-04-09.

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