United States Domestic Policy Council

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The Domestic Policy Council (DPC) of the United States is the principal forum used by the President of the United States for considering domestic policy matters, excluding economic matters, which are the domain of the National Economic Council. The council forms part of the Office of White House Policy, which contains the DPC, the National Economic Council, and various subordinate offices, such as the Office of National AIDS Policy. The Director of the DPC is titled the Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council.

Domestic Policy Council
Agency overview
HeadquartersEisenhower Executive Office Building
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Parent agencyOffice of White House Policy
WebsiteDomestic Policy Council

History and missionEdit

The Domestic Policy Council was established on April 11, 1985, by President Ronald Reagan.[1] The first Executive Director of the Council was Dr. Ralph Bledsoe.[2] President George H.W. Bush re-established the Council on February 8, 1989, appointing Dr. Kenneth Yale as Executive Director of the Council.[3] On August 16, 1993, the Council was expanded by Executive Order 12859. The Council oversees development and implementation of the President’s domestic policy agenda and ensures coordination and communication among the heads of relevant Federal offices and agencies.

Even before the formal creation of the DPC, some form of a domestic policy staff had existed in the White House since the 1960s. President Lyndon B. Johnson assigned a senior-level aide to organize staff and develop domestic policy. In 1970, President Richard Nixon issued an executive order that created the Office of Policy Development, a large White House office with jurisdiction over economic and domestic policy. President Bill Clinton again altered the structure by splitting the office, forming the current Domestic Policy Council and the National Economic Council which both exist today underneath the umbrella of the Office of White House Policy, which can also be known as the Office of Policy Development.[4][5]


Structure and Membership of the United States Domestic Policy Council
(as of May 2020)
  • Lance Leggitt (Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy)

Assistants to the President for Domestic PolicyEdit

Officeholder Term start Term end President
Pat Moynihan
Urban Affairs
January 23, 1969 November 4, 1969 Richard Nixon
John Ehrlichman November 4, 1969 April 30, 1973
Melvin Laird May 1, 1973 January 8, 1974
Kenneth Reese Cole Jr. January 8, 1974 February 28, 1975
Gerald Ford
James Cannon February 28, 1975 January 20, 1977
Stu Eizenstat January 20, 1977 January 20, 1981 Jimmy Carter
Vacant January 20, 1981 June 20, 1985 Ronald Reagan
Ralph Bledsoe June 20, 1985 March 30, 1987
Ken Cribb March 30, 1987 December 2, 1987
David McIntosh December 2, 1987 September 8, 1988
Dan Crippen September 8, 1988 January 20, 1989
Roger Porter January 20, 1989 January 20, 1993 George H. W. Bush
Carol Rasco January 20, 1993 December 20, 1996 Bill Clinton
Bruce Reed December 20, 1996 January 20, 2001
John Bridgeland January 20, 2001 January 30, 2002 George W. Bush
Margaret Spellings January 30, 2002 January 5, 2005
Claude Allen January 5, 2005 February 9, 2006
Karl Zinsmeister May 24, 2006 January 20, 2009
Melody Barnes January 20, 2009 January 2, 2012 Barack Obama
Cecilia Muñoz January 10, 2012 January 20, 2017
Andrew Bremberg January 20, 2017 February 2, 2019 Donald Trump
Joe Grogan February 2, 2019 May 24, 2020
Brooke Rollins
May 24, 2020 present


  1. ^ "Fact Sheet". digitalcollections.library.cmu.edu. April 11, 1985. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Bush's Team: The First Choices". January 23, 1989 – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ "Domestic Policy Council". White House Administration. White House. Archived from the original on 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
  5. ^ "Domestic Policy Council". US Government Manual. Government Printing Office. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2013-08-30.

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