Philippe Reines

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Philippe Reines
Born Philippe I. Reines
(1969-11-25) November 25, 1969 (age 46)
New York, New York, United States
Education B.A. in Political Science/International Relations
Alma mater Columbia University School of General Studies

Philippe I. Reines (born November 25, 1969) is an American political consultant. He joined the Department of State as a Senior Advisor to United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she was sworn into office in January 2009, and he was later promoted to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.[1]

Reines is currently a Managing Director at Beacon Global Strategies LLC, which he founded with partners Jeremy Bash and Andrew J. Shapiro in 2013.[2][3]


A New York City native, Reines earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Political Science from Columbia University's School of General Studies.[4]



Reines was a member of the 2000 Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign's rapid response operation.[citation needed] Reines remained involved in former Vice President Gore's public activities after Gore left office in 2001.[citation needed] He served as Al Gore's Teaching and Research Assistant for his "Covering National Affairs" course at the Columbia School of Journalism in the Spring of 2001.[citation needed] In December 2002 he contributed material for Gore's appearance on Saturday Night Live.[citation needed]

After the 2000 Presidential election was decided, Reines returned to New York and spent a year as Deputy Communications Director for the New York City Council before joining Speaker Peter Vallone's mayoral bid.[citation needed]

Reines served as Communications Director for U.S. Representative Jane Harman (D-CA)[citation needed]

In 2003, Reines helped orchestrate the media campaign and seven-month book tour that accompanied the release of Living History, Senator Clinton's bestselling memoir of her time in the White House.[citation needed]As the primary point of contact between Senator Clinton's official office and the national press corps, Reines served as one of Senator Clinton's primary spokesmen, and was responsible for many of her interviews and media appearances.


During the 2008 Presidential Campaign, in addition to his role as a Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton, he served as a spokesman for Chelsea Clinton, traveling with her throughout the primaries.[4]

Through January 2009, Reines served as Senior Advisor & Press Secretary for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.[5]

In 2009, Politico ran a scathing piece on March 24 blaming Reines for one of Clinton's early gaffes as Secretary of State, misspelling the Russian translation of the word "Reset" on a gag button presented to Clinton's Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.[6]

In July 2009, Reines struck a deal with journalist Marc Ambinder to provide an advance copy of a Hillary Clinton speech to Ambinder in exchange for positive reporting on Clinton.[7][8][9]

In its December 2009 profile of Hillary Clinton, Vogue magazine described him as Clinton's "Michael Clayton-esque image man and fixer."[10] In March 2010, The Washington Post's WhoRunsGov included him in its Power 25: Press[11] series, and in July 2010, Politico included Reines in their 50 Politicos to Watch[12] list, categorizing him as a "fixer."

In September 2012, Reines vigorously took issue with CNN over its use of Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens's diary, which CNN found at the site of an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi which killed the ambassador. CNN fired back by suggesting that the State Department was "attacking the messenger" because of "questions about why the State Department didn’t do more to protect Ambassador Stevens."[13] Some media critics sided with CNN and questioned whether Reines' real grievance was indeed with CNN's disrespect for the privacy wishes of Stevens' family; BuzzFeed published an email exchange between Reines and Michael Hastings where the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State told Hastings to "Fuck off."[14] Reines also took issue with a reporter's questions in December 2012, calling a Fox News correspondent's question about his boss "absolutely asinine."[15]


In the debate preparations for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Reines has been standing in for Donald Trump.[16] CBS commented that Reines is "known for his bullish, combative personality--traits that often mirror Trump’s personal debate style".[17]


  1. ^ Decision Makers Archived August 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Zach Fryer-Biggs. "Clinton Allies Join Bush Alum To Form New Consulting Group". Defense News. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  3. ^ Juliet Eilperin (2013-09-03). "Former Hillary Clinton aides form bipartisan consulting firm". The Washington Post. 
  4. ^ a b Parnes, Amie (April 16, 2008). "Top Clinton hand shields Chelsea". Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Speaking, and Sweating, for the Senator" By: Finn, Robin The New York Times July 15, 2005
  6. ^ Smith, Ben (2009-03-24). "Reines storm: Clinton conflict brews - Print View". Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
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  10. ^ "Magazine". Vogue. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
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  13. ^ "State Department: CNN 'indefensible' on late ambassador Christopher Stevens's diary - Mike Allen". Politico.Com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  14. ^ Hillary Clinton Aide Tells Reporter To "Fuck Off" And "Have A Good Life" BuzzFeed 24 September 2012
  15. ^ Erik Wemple (2 January 2013), Fox News producer was scolded by State Department The Washington Post
  16. ^ Haberman, Maggie; Healy, Patrick (24 September 2016). "Hillary Clinton Aide Playing Donald Trump in Mock Debates". The New York Times. 
  17. ^ Flores, Reena (24 September 2016). "Top Hillary Clinton aide playing Donald Trump in debate prep". CBS News. Retrieved 26 September 2016.