“Over the past 31 years at the White House, Gregg Trainor has been reading, sorting, and forwarding the letters and packages people send to the president. As the non-partisan director of special projects for presidential correspondence, he helps the occupant of the Oval Office hear Americans’ concerns…He’s done it as an unstated trailblazer: Trainor is deaf.”

Gregg Trainor in his office, 2016
Photo courtesy of White House IG

So begins an article about Gregg Trainor, E-’91, in Politico, an Arlington County, Virginia media company that describes itself as “the global authority on the intersection of politics, policy, and power.” The article, by Alex Thompson and Eli Stokols, includes a far-ranging interview with Trainor in which he states that he has probably read over one million letters – “the sad, the funny, even the gross.” Trainor describes some of the letters and packages that have come to every President since George H. W. Bush, and talks about his face-to-face encounters with these Presidents as well. (He has yet to meet President Biden, but has his fingers crossed.)

The article concludes with plaudits from Trainor’s current supervisor: “I first knew him when I was an OPC intern 10 years ago in the Obama administration, and I can confidently say he’s universally adored by generations of staff members who have come through the White House mail room,” said Garrett Lamm. 

Congratulations, Gregg, on your illustrious and highly unusual career!
Read the Politico article.

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