David Demarest (politician)
|White House Director of Communications|
January 20, 1989 – August 23, 1992
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Mari Maseng|
|Succeeded by||Margaret Tutwiler|
|Born||October 8, 1951|
Glen Ridge, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||University of Colorado, Boulder|
Upsala College (BA)
David Demarest began his Washington, D.C. career in the late 1970s, working with state and local political candidates on behalf of the Republican National Committee. Before 1977, he participated in several congressional campaigns in New Jersey. During the Reagan administration, he served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he was Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public, Intergovernmental, and Private Sector Affairs. He was later Assistant Secretary of Labor for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.
In 1988 Demarest was the communications director on the Bush-Quayle presidential campaign. He then served four years as member of the White House senior staff. As White House Communications Director, he worked directly with the President, the White House Chief of Staff, and the Cabinet, and in that capacity managed a broad range of White House communications activities, including presidential speechwriting, public liaison, media relations, and intergovernmental affairs.
Demarest was instrumental in directing the Willie Horton message during the 1988 presidential campaign and in setting up the crack buy in Lafayette Park that kicking off President Bush's war on drugs.
After Demarest left the White House, he became Executive Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications at Bank of America. In 1999, David became Executive Vice President for Global Corporate Relations at Visa.
David Demarest is the father of two daughters.
- "David Demarest".
- Michael Isikoff (1989-09-22). "Drug Buy Set Up For Bush Speech: DEA Lured Seller to Lafayette Park". Washington Post.
- "Campus Journal; By Quizzing Big Names, They Learn About News". NY Times. 1993-02-03.
| White House Director of Communications