Dan Bartlett, who has worked with President Bush since he first campaigned for Texas governor, was promoted in January 2005 to presidential counselor.
The position, which had been vacant since Karen Hughes left the White House during through Bush's first term, follows Bartlett's previous administration post of assistant to the president for communications and White House communications director, where he oversaw the White House Press Office and all of its communications and speechwriting.
Bartlett has seen what his new job entails firsthand -- he was deputy to Hughes until she left the job in 2002. He already has spent time touting the president's plans for Social Security restructuring and his agenda for the second term. He is expected to add more policy formation to his duties, as well as large-scale message planning.
With a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, Bartlett worked for political consulting firm Karl Rove and Associates and was part of both of Bush's campaigns for governor.
He worked in the governor's office as deputy to the policy director from 1994 to 1998 and served as senior spokesman and director of rapid response for the Bush for President campaign in Austin during Bush's first run for the White House. He had been communications director since 2001.