Pfeiffer was a long-time aide to Obama, serving in various press and communications roles throughout his 2008 campaign for the Presidency, on his presidential transition team, and in the Obama White House. He co-hosts the Pod Save America podcast with Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor. In 2015, Pfeiffer joined CNN as a political contributor.
|Senior Advisor to the President|
January 25, 2013 – March 6, 2015
|Preceded by||David Plouffe|
|Succeeded by||Shailagh Murray|
|White House Communications Director|
November 30, 2009 – January 25, 2013
|Preceded by||Anita Dunn (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Jennifer Palmieri|
Howard Daniel Pfeiffer
December 24, 1975
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
(m. 2006; div. 2011)
Howli Ledbetter (m. 2016)
|Education||Georgetown University (BA)|
Pfeiffer was born in Wilmington, Delaware, the son of Vivian Lear (née Strange), a learning specialist, and Gary Malick Pfeiffer, a financial officer for DuPont. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University. He began his career in politics working as a spokesman for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) initiative of the Clinton Administration. In 2000, he joined the communications department of Al Gore's 2000 campaign for the Presidency.
Following the 2000 presidential election, he went to work for the Democratic Governors Association, and later worked for Senators Tim Johnson, Tom Daschle, and Evan Bayh. He served briefly as communications director for Evan Bayh's presidential exploratory committee.
After the 2008 presidential election, Pfeiffer ran the communications office for the Obama-Biden Transition team and was then appointed Deputy White House Communications Director after the inauguration of Barack Obama. Less than a year later, after the departure of Anita Dunn, Pfeiffer was named White House Communications Director. He remained in the role for the entire first term of the Obama presidency. At the start of President Obama's second term, Pfeiffer was promoted to Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communications, taking over most of the portfolio previously managed in the White House by David Axelrod and David Plouffe. He left the White House on March 6, 2015.
On July 16, 2006, Pfeiffer married Sarah Elizabeth Feinberg, a senior advisor and spokeswoman for Obama's former Chief of Staff, and current senior advisor and spokeswoman for Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel. In 2011, Pfeiffer and Feinberg separated, and later divorced.
| White House Director of Communications
| Senior Advisor to the President
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