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]

Name Years President
David Gergen May 29, 1993 – June 10, 1994 Bill Clinton
Bill Curry February 21, 1995 – January 20, 1997 Bill Clinton
Paul Begala January 20, 1997 – January 20, 2001 Bill Clinton
Karen Hughes January 20, 2001 – July 8, 2002 George W. Bush
Dan Bartlett January 5, 2005 – July 5, 2007 George W. Bush
Ed Gillespie July 5, 2007 – January 20, 2009 George W. Bush
Pete Rouse January 13, 2011 – January 1, 2014 Barack Obama
John Podesta January 1, 2014 – February 13, 2015 Barack Obama