Karl Rove served as Senior Adviser to President George W. Bush from 2000 to 2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004 to 2007, overseeing the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policymaking process. The late Washington Post columnist David Broder called Mr. Rove a master political strategist whose “game has always been long term…and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match.” Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, has called him “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any generation….” Before Mr. Rove became known as “The Architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, nonpartisan causes, and nonprofit groups. His clients included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, congressional, and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden. As a Fox News contributor, Mr. Rove provides a “genuine feel of inside knowledge,” says David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun television critic. Megan Garber of the Columbia Journalism Review says that he has “focused his punditry on what he knows best: strategy.” Even The New York Times concedes that “Rove’s substantive contributions may now inspire a little work ethic among the celebrity talking heads who may be forced to bring to the news a little more data and a little less opinion, a recalibration that would be welcome to its devoted viewers.” Mr. Rove writes a weekly op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, is a Newsweek columnist, and is the author of Courage and Consequence (Threshold Editions, 2010). A Colorado native, he attended the University of Utah; the University of Maryland, College Park; George Mason University; and the University of Texas at Austin.
Alison Acosta Fraser, Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies
Alison Acosta Fraser oversees The Heritage Foundation’s research on federal spending, taxes, energy and environment, retirement savings, and regulation. One of the Roe Institute’s priorities is reform of Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Under Fraser’s leadership, Heritage has helped to define the long-term fiscal threats from spending and taxes and to identify proposals for reform.
Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Innovation
Robert E. Moffit is Heritage’s Senior Fellow in Domestic and Economic Policy Studies. During the Reagan Administration, he served as Assistant Director of Congressional Relations at the Office of Personnel Management and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services. He later was a senior associate at Capitol Resources Group International, where he helped clients on matters involving federal health care policy. A senior member of Heritage’s pace-setting health care team, he directed the Center for Health Policy Studies from 2003 until June 2010.