In Hollywood, chiefs of staff have seen something of an upsurge in shows including "Scandal" and "Veep." Here's how a real-life chief of staff measures up to his fictionalized counterparts, including the most famous one, fellow millionaire Leo McGarry of "The West Wing":
Job: Chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Marital Status: Single
Background: Lawyer, then made millions as a Bay street businessman.
Style: Calm, cool and collected. Described by friends as having high ethical standards despite current allegations of fraud, breach of trust and bribery for covering Sen. Mike Duffy's contested expenses.
General health: Does this guy have an ounce of fat? Marathon runner gets up before dawn to exercise.
Quote: "My intention was always to secure repayment of funds owed to taxpayers. I acted within the scope of my duties and remain confident that my actions were lawful."
Cyrus Beene (ABC's "Scandal")
Job: Chief of staff to U.S. president Fitzgerald Grant.
Marital Status: Married to White House reporter James Novak, with whom he has an adopted daughter.
Background: Campaign guru/political fixer. Once offered chance to run Harvard University.
Style: Ruthless, seemingly lacking in all scruples or limits. Helped rig an election; put a hit out on his own boyfriend; hired a hit man to kill a woman who had a fling with the president.
General Health: Poor. Has been hospitalized for a heart attack.
Quote: "The nitty-gritty, morally bankrupt, back alley brawling rest of the game, that's me — it's filthy and thankless and it's my hallelujah, heroin, and reason to breathe..."
Linda Vasquez (Netflix's "House of Cards")
Job: Chief of staff to U.S. president Garrett Walker
Age: late 40s/ early 50s
Marital Status: Unclear; has a college-age son Ruben.
Background: A key player in Walker's campaign.
Style: "She's as tough as a two-dollar steak," loyal, devoted to party ideals. But her weakness is Ruben.
General Health: Trim, but you get the sense her chief exercise is marathon BlackBerry clicking.
Quote: "Now we have to lead. And that means making tough choices."
Eli Gold (CBS's "The Good Wife")
Job: Chief of staff to Illinois governor Peter Florrick.
Age: Late 40s/Early 50s.
Marital Status: Divorced. Has a daughter.
Background: Political consultant, concert pianist.
Style: Smooth, cunning, passionate. Investigated by the Department of Justice for vote buying. Deleted a critical voicemail sent to his boss' estranged wife by her love interest.
General Health: Fit, but high-strung and emotionally repressed.
Quote: "I don't have many enemies in life — I get along with Republicans, Protestants, Catholics, even a few reporters. But the one thing I hate, is amateurs."
Amy Brookheimer (HBO's "Veep")
Job: Chief of staff to vice-president Selina Meyer.
Marital Status: Single.
Background: Capital Hill staffer.
Style: Generally even keeled, but with flashes of insecurity and frustration. Has mastered the art of managing a difficult, often irrational boss with a smile.
General Health: Generally stressed-out, poor sleeping habits, potty mouth.
Quote: "No, she cannot fall asleep on live TV. Not on C-Span. The irony would be too huge."
Leo McGarry — deceased (NBC's "The West Wing")
Job: Chief of Staff to president Josiah Bartlett.
Age: 55 when he began the job.
Marital Status: Divorced; has a daughter.
Background: Former air force pilot and labour secretary; made his millions in defence industry.
Style: Generally calm and loyal, not a yes man, won't suffer fools. Excellent reputation.
General Health: Recovering alcoholic and barbiturates addict, workaholic. Died of massive heart attack.
Quote: "I've got a cap gains tax cut tacked on to an appropriations bill, two Bronze Age civilizations threatening to blow each other up over some goats and a major ally that's gonna be in the lobby leafing through dog-eared copies of 'Congressional Quarterly' while the president is singing 'Kumbaya'! I want the president back here now."