Last updated on: 2/24/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Karl Rove Biography

Title:
Former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush
Position:
None Found to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

No position found as of Jan. 24, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, 2009-present
  • Member, McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors, 2009-present
  • Contributor, FOX News, 2008-present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Texas State History Museum Foundation, 2008-present
  • Weekly op-ed contributor, Wall Street Journal, 2007-present
  • Columnist, Newsweek, 2007-present
  • Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, 2004-2007
  • Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, 2000-2007
  • President, Karl Rove and Company, 1981-2000
  • Deputy Director, Texas Governor William P. Clements’ Junior Committee, 1979-1980
  • Legislative Aide, Texas State Representative Fred Agnich, 1977
  • Executive Assistant to the Co-Chair, Republican National Committee, 1974
  • Special Assistant, Republican National Committee, 1974
  • National Chairman, College Republican National Committee, 1973-1974
  • Executive Director, College Republican National Committee, 1971-1973
Education:
  • Attended University of Utah
  • Attended Olympus High School, Salt Lake City, UT
Other:
  • Rove testified twice before the House Judiciary Committee regarding the dismissal of seven US Attorneys under the Bush Administration and the federal prosecution of former AL Governor Don Siegleman, July 2009.
  • Rove was fired in 1992 from the GOP’s Texas Victory Committee, an organization trying to re-elect President George H.W. Bush, for allegedly making comments critical of its chairman, Robert Mosbacher Jr., in an article by Robert Novak. Rove denied the allegation and Novak concurred that Rove was not the source of the criticism.
  • Author Christopher Hitchens wrote about Rove in an Apr. 26, 2007 New York Magazine article: “I know something which is known to few but is not a secret. Karl Rove is not a believer, and he doesn’t shout it from the rooftops, but when asked, he answers quite honestly. I think the way he puts it is, ‘I’m not fortunate enough to be a person of faith.'”

    Mr. Rove, in a Feb. 21, 2010 email to ProCon.org, wrote: “I called Mr. Hitchens after he made his erroneous statement and as the true gentlemen he is, he apologized. He had seen a quote in which I remarked on my admiration for the faith of White House colleagues which I felt was deeper and richer than mine and misquoted it. I am a practicing Christian who attends a bible-centered Episcopal church in Washington and an Anglican church in Texas.”

  • Michael Cannon of the CATO Institute wrote in a Sep. 23, 2008 blog post published on CATO Institute’s website that “Karl Rove convinced, cajoled, and browbeat congressional Republicans into creating Medicare Part D.”
  • Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, has called Karl Rove “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation…”
Quoted in:
  1. Is the United States a Christian Nation?