David Axelrod

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David Axelrod
David Axelrod.jpg
Axelrod in the Oval Office (2009)
Senior Advisor to the President
In office
January 20, 2009 – January 10, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byBarry Jackson
Succeeded byDavid Plouffe
Personal details
Born (1955-02-22) February 22, 1955 (age 65)
Lower East Side, New York, United States
Political partyDemocratic
Susan Landau (m. 1979)
  • Lauren
  • Michael
  • Ethan
  • Joseph Axelrod
  • Myril Davidson Axelrod Bennett
Alma materUniversity of Chicago

David M. Axelrod (born February 22, 1955) is an American political operative and analyst. He is best known as the Chief Strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns. After Obama's election, Axelrod was appointed as Senior Advisor to the President.[1] Axelrod left the White House position in early 2011 and became the Senior Strategist for Obama's successful re-election campaign in 2012.[2][3]

He now serves as the director of the non-partisan Institute of Politics[4] at the University of Chicago and is a Senior Political Commentator for CNN.[5] In April 2014 it emerged that Axelrod had been appointed senior strategic adviser to the British Labour Party to assist party leader Ed Miliband in the run-up to the 2015 general election.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Smith, Ben (November 19, 2008). "Ben Smith's Blog: Axelrod, and other senior staff". Politico. Retrieved August 11, 2013.
  2. MacCallum, Martha (February 2, 2011). "Axelrod Departs the White House, Prepares for New Mission to Re-Elect Obama". FoxNews.com. Retrieved 2011-08-22.
  3. Walsh, Ken (November 12, 2012). "The Election's Other Big Winner: David Axelrod". US News.
  4. "Institute of Politics | The University of Chicago". politics.uchicago.edu. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  5. "Former Obama adviser Axelrod joining CNN - CNNPolitics.com". CNN. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  6. Wintour, Patrick (17 April 2014). "Ed Miliband signs up top Obama adviser David Axelrod for UK election". theguardian.com. Retrieved 17 April 2014.

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