Daniel Pfeiffer

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Dan Pfeiffer
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Senior Advisor to the President
In office
January 25, 2013 – March 6, 2015
President Barack Obama
Preceded by David Plouffe
Succeeded by Shailagh Murray
White House Director of Communications
In office
November 30, 2009 – January 25, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Anita Dunn
Succeeded by Jennifer Palmieri
Personal details
Born Howard Daniel Pfeiffer
(1975-12-24) December 24, 1975 (age 39)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Georgetown University

Howard Daniel "Dan" Pfeiffer[1] (born December 24, 1975, Wilmington, Delaware)[2] is a former Assistant to the President of the United States and Senior Advisor to the President for Strategy and Communications.[3] He was previously a member of Obama's presidential transition team,[2] and served in various press and communications roles throughout Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for the Presidency. On Feb 4, 2015, the White House announced that Pfeiffer would resign his role at the White House within a few weeks.[4]


In 2000, he was a spokesperson for U.S. Vice President Al Gore. He has since worked for Senators Tim Johnson, Tom Daschle, and Evan Bayh,[5] and was communications director for the Obama campaign. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University.

Personal life[edit]

On July 16, 2006, Pfeiffer married Sarah Feinberg, a senior adviser and spokeswoman for Obama's former Chief of Staff, and current Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel.[6] In 2011, Pfeiffer and Feinberg separated.[7]


  1. ^ "Biography: Howard Daniel Pfeiffer". LegiStorm. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Rutenberg, Jim. "Times Topics, People". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Pfeiffer takes over for Dunn". Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  4. ^ Hirschfeld Davis, Julie. "Senior Obama Aides to Depart in Coming Weeks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-05. 
  5. ^ Hulse, Carl (2006-05-31). "A Build-a-Protest Approach to Immigration". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Sarah Feinberg, H. Daniel Pfeiffer". The New York Times. 2006-07-16. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  7. ^ Dan Pfeiffer and Sarah Feinberg separate; Debra Messing; Chaz Bono Washington Post Achieved 12/20/2011 04:05 PM ET

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anita Dunn
White House Director of Communications
Succeeded by
Jennifer Palmieri
Preceded by
David Plouffe
Senior Advisor to the President
Succeeded by
Shailagh Murray