Barry Jackson

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Barry Jackson, Karl Rove's "longtime deputy", was named September 4, 2007, to serve as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs, which "puts him in charge for managing the White House offices of Political Affairs, Public Liaison, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Strategic Initiatives."[1]

Jackson was "one of the White House employees discovered to be using RNC email accounts[2] to e-mail an associate[3] of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff."[4]

In part, Jackson replaces Peter Wehner, who ran the Office of Strategic Initiatives until March 2007.[4] In March 2001, Jackson preceded Wehner in the same position.[5]


Prior to joining President George W. Bush's leadership team in 2001, Jackson was "involved in the Bush-Cheney campaign in a variety of capacities. He spearheaded the campaign’s Barnstorm for Reform program, a program that involved Republican Governors from across the nation. He was also heavily involved in the Republican National Convention, serving as a consultant for the convention’s program operation."[6]

In 1994, Jackson was Director of Contract with America, "the campaign plan Republicans used to successfully recapture control of the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1995 to 1998, [Jackson] also served as Executive Director of the House Republican Conference, helping to craft legislative and communications activity for Republican Representatives of the Congress."[6]

Jackson graduated from the University of Iowa in 1983 "with a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications".[6] After graduation, he "returned to his home state of Ohio to help with Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) campaign for Congress. Jackson eventually moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for Boehner in his chief campaign of staff from 1989 to 2001. He was the Chief of Staff for his Congressional office for four years, and, from 1995 to 1998, he was the executive director when Boehner was elected Chairman for the Republican Conference."[5]


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  1. Domenico Montanaro, "The Bush White House," First Read/MSNBC, September 5, 2007.
  2. Nico Pitney, "RNC Releases Partial List Of White House Officials With Party Email Accounts," Think Progress, April 25, 2007.
  3. Letter to House Oversight Committee regarding RNC email accounts, March 26, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The new head of the Office of Strategery," Think Progress, September 5, 2007.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jenny Ferguson, "Alumni: Grad makes most of ‘dream job’," University of Iowa, Fall 2001.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Bio: Barry Jackson, The President & His Leadership Team, 2001.

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