White House Briefing by Dan Froomkin

Inside the Real West Wing

Updated: August 22, 2006.

Here's the floorplan of the real West Wing of the White House, where everyone is just a few steps away from the Oval Office.

The two greatest indicators of status are the offices' proximity to the president and the quality of their view. Exterior offices with windows, especially on corners, are considered the most desirable. But here in the West Wing, even an office on the ground floor means you're at the pinnacle of power. Not shown on the map, but listed below, are offices in the ground floor and "lower press" areas.

West Wing floorplan

West Wing

First Floor

  1. Jared Weinstein, Special Assistant to the President and Personal Aide
  2. Karen Keller, Special Assistant to the President and Personal Secretary
  3. Tony Snow, Assistant to the President and Press Secretary
  4. Dana Perino, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary
  5. Josh Deckard, Assistant Press Secretary
  6. J.D. Crouch, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
  7. Steve Hadley, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
  8. Dick Cheney, Vice President
  9. Karl Rove, Assistant to the President, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor
  10. Susan Ralston, Special Assistant to the President and Assistant to the Senior Advisor
  11. Joe Hagin, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff
  12. Joel Kaplan, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
  13. Josh Bolten, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff

Second Floor

  1. Dan Bartlett, Counselor to the President
  2. Kevin Sullivan, Assistant to the President for Communications
  3. Candi Wolff, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
  4. Deb Fiddelke, Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
  5. Allan Hubbard, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director, National Economic Council
  6. Keith Hennessey, Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director, National Economic Council
  7. Liza Wright, Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel
  8. Bill Kelley, Deputy Counsel to the President
  9. Karl Zinsmeister, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
  10. Tevi Troy, Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy
  11. Bill McGurn, Assistant to the President for Speechwriting
  12. Harriet Miers, Counsel to the President


Lower Press Office (temporarily relocated to Jackson Place during press-room renovations)

  • Emily Lawrimore, Assisant Press Secretary
  • Open position

West Wing Ground Floor

Scheduling Office

  • Melissa Bennett, Deputy Assistant to the President for Appointments and Scheduling

Staff Secretary's Office

  • Raul Yanes, Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary
  • Bill Burck, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Staff Secretary

Photo Office

  • Eric Draper, Director of Photography
  • Paul Morse, Deputy Director of Photography

Homeland Security

  • Frances Fragos Townsend, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • Kenneth Rapuano, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security

Office of Management and Administration

  • Linda Gambatesa, Deputy Assistant to the President for Management, Administration and Oval Office Operations
  • Neil Burnham, Special Assistant to the President for White House Management

Doug Stevens - The Washington Post; Dan Froomkin - washingtonpost.com


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