Counselor to the President

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Counselor to the President
Executive Office of the President
Website The White House

The Counselor to the President is a high-ranking assistant to the President of the United States, and a member of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. In the administration of George W. Bush, the Counselor oversaw the Communications, Media Affairs, Speechwriting, and Press Offices.

Under the Obama Administration, the position was initially abolished and the duties of the office transferred to three senior advisors: David Axelrod,[1][2] Pete Rouse,[2][3] and Valerie Jarrett,[4] who is also Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison.[2] On January 6, 2011, President Obama appointed Rouse as Counselor to the President where he was responsible for assisting the President and White House Chief of Staff with the day-to-day management of White House staff operations.[5][6] John Podesta was the last person to hold the position before he left to join the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign of 2016 as chairman.[7]

List of Counselors to the President

Counselor Term of office Party President
David Gergen David Gergen
(born 1942)
May 29, 1993 –
June 10, 1994
Republican Party Bill Clinton
Bill Curry
(born 1951)
February 21, 1995 –
January 20, 1997
Democratic Party
Paul Begala Paul Begala
(born 1961)
January 20, 1997 –
January 20, 2001
Democratic Party
Karen Hughes Karen Hughes
(born 1956)
January 20, 2001 –
July 8, 2002
Republican Party George W. Bush
Dan Bartlett Dan Bartlett
(born 1971)
January 5, 2005 –
July 5, 2007
Republican Party
Ed Gillespie Ed Gillespie
(born 1961)
July 5, 2007 –
January 20, 2009
Republican Party
Pete Rouse Pete Rouse
(born 1946)
January 13, 2011 –
January 1, 2014
Democratic Party Barack Obama
John Podesta John Podesta
(born 1949)
January 1, 2014 –
February 13, 2015
Democratic Party