Peter Teeley

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Peter Teeley
Peter Teeley 1981.jpg
24th United States Ambassador to Canada
In office
July 3, 1992 – February 28, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded byEdward N. Ney
Succeeded byJames Blanchard
Personal details
Born (1940-01-12) January 12, 1940 (age 79)
RelationsSusan Teeley(daughter), Laura Teeley (daughter), Randall Teeley (daughter), Adrienne Teeley (daughter), Rosa Casey-Teeley (daughter), Victoria Ann Casey (wife)

Peter Barry Teeley (born January 12, 1940)[1] is an American political consultant and diplomat, who served as press secretary to Vice President George H.W. Bush from 1981 to 1985 and as United States Ambassador to Canada from 1992 to 1993.


Teeley was born in 1940 in Barrow-in-Furness. He was press secretary to Senators Robert P. Griffin and Jacob Javits prior to joining Gerald Ford's campaign staff in 1976.[2] Following Ford's defeat in that year's presidential election, he became communications director for the Republican National Committee, and joined Bush's campaign staff in 1980.[3] He served as Press Secretary on the Bush campaign when wrote in to Bush's speeches attacking Ronald Reagan's economic policy as "Voodoo economics".[4]

He left the White House in 1985 to launch his own consulting firm, but was later appointed as the American representative to the United Nations Children's Fund in 1990.[5]

He was appointed Ambassador to Canada in 1992, and served until February 28, 1993, shortly after Bill Clinton succeeded Bush to the presidency. He subsequently joined Amgen as its vice-president of government and public relations.[6]

Teeley was diagnosed with cancer in 1991. He subsequently published a book about his treatment and recovery, The Complete Cancer Survival Guide, in 2000.[7]


  1. ^ Weekly compilation of Presidential documents. United States. Office of the Federal Register. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  2. ^ Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum: Press Office Records.
  3. ^ Parmet, Herbert S. (2000). George Bush: The Life of a Lone Star Yankee. Transaction Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7658-0730-4.
  4. ^ Meacham, Jon (2015). Destiny and Power. Random House. ISBN 978-1400067657.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Maralee; Auerbach, Stuart (16 March 1990). "Teeley Goes to U.N. Fund". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 25 February 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Ronald (10 August 1993). "Amgen eyes Boston area". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  7. ^ Teeley, Peter; Bashe, Philip (2000). The Complete Cancer Survival Guide. Publisher: Crown Publishing. ISBN 978-0-385-48605-7.