Dan Bartlett

Dan Bartlett
Counselor to the President
In office
January 5, 2005  July 5, 2007
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Karen Hughes (2002)
Succeeded by Ed Gillespie
White House Director of Communications
In office
October 2, 2001  January 5, 2005
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Karen Hughes
Succeeded by Nicolle Wallace
Personal details
Born (1971-06-01) June 1, 1971
Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Texas, Austin (BA)

Daniel Joseph Bartlett (born June 1, 1971) was a Counselor to the President in the Bush administration. The position was previously held by Karen Hughes, who vacated the post in 2002. On June 1, 2007, he announced his resignation and that he would be leaving the White House on July 5, 2007. He was replaced by Ed Gillespie.


Bartlett is a graduate of Rockwall High School (class of 1989) and the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in political science.

Bartlett married Allyson Elizabeth Sikes (born 1975) in 2000, and the two have four sons. The Bartletts reside in Texas.


Bartlett worked on George W. Bush's first successful campaign for Governor of Texas in 1994. He was appointed as Deputy to the Policy Director in the Governor's office in Texas, and was Issues Director for Bush's 1998 gubernatorial re-election campaign.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Bartlett was the Director of Rapid Response for Bush for President; he later worked as a deputy to presidential advisor Karen Hughes before being named White House Communications Director. On January 5, 2005, the White House announced that Bartlett would assume the role of Counselor to the President, which allows him to focus more broadly on strategic communication and the formulation of policy. He has also worked for Karl Rove's political consulting firm. On June 1, 2007, Bartlett announced his resignation as Counsel to the President.[1]

On October 28, 2007, Public Strategies, Inc., a business advisory firm, announced they had hired Bartlett as a senior strategist.[2]

In January 2009, Bartlett was named an adjunct faculty member at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he will teach a seminar on media and politics.[3]

In March, 2009, Bartlett was named president and CEO of Public Strategies.[4]

In May, 2013, Walmart announced that Bartlett would become the company’s new executive vice president of Corporate Affairs in late June.[5]


Following the July 6, 2003, editorial by former ambassador Joseph Wilson, Bartlett (with Ari Fleischer) pushed reporters to pursue who in the CIA sent him to Niger, but stopped short of revealing that his wife worked for the agency.[6]

At the end of 2007 during an interview with Evan Smith published in the January '08 Texas Monthly, Bartlett implied some conservative bloggers, such as Hugh Hewitt, were unfiltered mouthpieces for the GOP and Bush White House.

I mean, talk about a direct IV into the vein of your support. It’s a very efficient way to communicate. They regurgitate exactly and put up on their blogs what you said to them. It is something that we’ve cultivated and have really tried to put quite a bit of focus on.[7]

In May 2008, Bartlett appeared on various media outlets casting aspersions on the contentions raised by Scott McClellan in his book What Happened that the administration had repeatedly "shaded the truth" in connection with justifying the Iraq War, and describing the role that various administration officials played in the Valerie Plame leak case.[8] In a May 2008 telephone interview with CNN, Bartlett "asserted that McClellan did not play a major role in key events, noting that the former aide was serving as deputy press secretary for domestic issues during the run-up to the war in Iraq, raising questions about how McClellan could claim the President used 'propaganda' to sell the war."[9]


  1. Rutenberg, Jim (June 2, 2007). "Bush's Longest-Serving Aide Plans to Depart". The New York Times. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  2. "Dan Bartlett to Join Public Strategies, Inc.". Public Strategies. October 28, 2007. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  3. "Former top Bush aide joins LBJ School faculty". Austin Business Journal. January 21, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  4. "Dan Bartlett named CEO of Public Strategies". Austin Business Journal. March 9, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  5. "Dan Bartlett Joins Walmart as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs". Walmart. May 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  6. Dickerson, John (February 7, 2006). "Where's My Subpoena? - Valerie Plame, Scooter Libby, and me.". Slate. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  7. Interview by Smith, Evan (January 1, 2008). "TEXAS MONTHLY TALKS: Dan Bartlett". Texas Monthly. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  8. Celizic, Mike (May 29, 2008). "McClellan: Plame leak case was turning point". MSNBC. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  9. Henry, Ed (May 28, 2008). "Bartlett rips McClellan, calls allegation 'total crap'". CNN. Retrieved August 9, 2009.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Karen Hughes
White House Director of Communications
Succeeded by
Nicolle Wallace
Counselor to the President
Succeeded by
Ed Gillespie
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