As Counselor to The President for his first eighteen months in the White House and as his communications director since he first ran for Governor of Texas in 1994, Mrs. Hughes has been a crucial influence in President Bush’s inner circle. When he first moved to Washington, President Bush told members of the White House staff that he wanted Karen Hughes in the room whenever any major decisions were made.
During her tenure in the Bush White House, Mrs. Hughes advised the president on a wide range of issues, crafted the communications and message strategy for the administration and was responsible for overseeing the Offices of Press Secretary, Media Affairs, Speechwriting and Communications. She helped develop and lead the international communications effort during the early months of the war against terror and was instrumental in creating the new White House Office of Global Communications.
Although she left the White House in the summer of 2002 to move her family home to Texas, Mrs. Hughes continues to advise President Bush on communications strategy through a retainer arrangement with the Republican National Committee.
Ms. Hughes served as Director of Communications for both of President’s Bush’s gubernatorial campaigns in 1994 and 1998 and was one of the “Iron Triangle” of Texans who led his successful campaign for president. She also served as Director of Communications in Governor’s Bush’s state office throughout his tenure as Governor.
Mrs. Hughes is a former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas and a former television news reporter for KXAS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth. She is an elder and long time Sunday school teacher in the Presbyterian church. She is married with a grown stepdaughter and a teenage son, and tried to bring a “Mom’s perspective” to our nation’s public policy debate.