At PoliticsPA, we love staffers as much as elected officials. That’s why we’re bringing you the latest installment in our ongoing feature, Chief of Staff Spotlight. Each week, we’ll introduce you to one of the people who make the PA delegation possible.
We’ve chosen at random, and this week we present Stan White, Chief of Staff for Rep. Bob Brady (D-Phila).
Who is your boss?
What is your birthday?
Where did you grow up?
I’m an Army brat. I went to 6 different elementary schools and three high schools.
Where did you go to college and what was your major?
Kutztown, Poli Sci
Are you married? Dating? Single? (optional)
Do you have any kids? If so, how old and what are their names? (optional)
3 kids, Jimmy 21, Foster 17 and Victoria 3 years old.
What was your first political job?
Advance guy for Wilson Goode’s 1987 reelect.
What was your biggest break in politics?
Getting elected 30th Ward Leader in Philly.
How long have you worked with your boss?
13 years as an employee, 12 years before that as an acolyte.
What was your position when you first started in the office?
Chief of Staff
What’s the worst job outside of politics you have ever had?
What has been your proudest single accomplishment/achievement since working on Capitol Hill?
Writing and securing House passage of a bill to help activated reserves and National Guards protect their credit scores.
What is your favorite PA sports team?
Where and what do you eat lunch on most days?
My desk and whatever.
Favorite “political” movie?
The Distinguished Gentleman.
Blackberry or I-Phone?
Both, but the iPhone’s my first love.
What political figure do you most admire (excluding your boss), and a sentence or two why?
Lyndon Johnson. He passed every piece of civil rights legislation from 1946-1968. And, he was, perhaps, the most gifted legislator in the 20th Century. I wish we had him in the Senate now.
What makes a Chief of Staff “good” and why? advice would you give to the aspiring Chiefs of Staff out there?
The ability to understand and execute your boss’ priorities while helping him/her steer a course that matters to the district. I’d advise rookies to always remember that there’s only one Member – and it ain’t you. Keep you profile lower than the boss’, don’t listen to people trying to blow smoke up your …. Make sure that your boss gets news, good or bad, from you. She or he is one person you have to be able to always be honest with. Most of all always remember that you are replaceable. Keeping that in mind will make you irreplaceable.