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Biographies of White House Senior Staff

Andrew Card, White House Chief of Staff  |  Biography

Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary

As assistant to the president and White House press secretary, Fleischer, 40, serves as the official liaison between the White House and members of the White House Press Corps. He is the primary spokesperson for the president and delivers the daily White House briefing.  Fleischer served as press secretary for Senator Pete Dominici from 1989-1994, and then spent five years as spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee where he developed a thorough understanding of issues relating to taxes, Social Security, welfare, health care and international trade. Prior to joining the campaign of then-Governor Bush in the fall of 1999, he served as communications director for Elizabeth Dole's presidential campaign.   Fleischer is a native of Pound Ridge, New York, and is a 1982 graduate of Vermont's Middlebury College.

Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs

Mr. Libby first entered government service with the United States Department of State in 1981 as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the Secretary. He also served in the United States Department of State as Director of Special Projects in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 1982 to 1985. Mr. Libby also served as the Legal Adviser to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the Peoples' Republic of China, commonly known as the “Cox Committee.”

During the George H. W. Bush administration, Mr. Libby served in the United States Department of Defense as Principal Deputy Under Secretary (Strategy and Resources), and later was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Prior to joining the current administration, Mr. Libby served as the Managing Partner of the Washington office of the international law firm of Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He was a member of the firm’s litigation department and chaired the Washington office’s Public Policy Practice Group.

In 1993, Mr. Libby was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award and the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. He received the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service in 1985.

Mr. Libby graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1972, and earned a law degree from Columbia University in 1975. He is a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies of the RAND Corporation. Mr. Libby is the author of a novel, The Apprentice, published in 1996.

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