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Political Strategist Karl Rove to Speak at Randolph College January 26

Seating is limited and tickets are required for the free event

12/8/2011 12:18:23 PM


LYNCHBURG–Karl Rove will present “Election 2012: Insights from Karl Rove, former advisor and political strategist to President George W. Bush” at Randolph College Jan. 26.

The event, which is free and open to the public (seating is limited and tickets required), will be held on campus at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Hall Theatre.

Rove, the former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush, is the author of Courage and Consequence and currently serves as a Fox News contributor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was deputy chief of staff for policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

Rove is credited with the successful 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial victories of George W. Bush, as well as Bush's 2000 and 2004 successful presidential campaigns. Before his White House appointments, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes, and non-profit 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.

In addition to his contributions to Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, Rove is the author of the New York Times Bestseller , Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight . He has written for various publications, including The Daily Beast, Financial Times, Forbes,,, Newsweek, The Times, Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard.

Rove has been described by respected author and columnist Michael Barone in U.S. News & World Report as “ Presidential appointee has ever had such a strong influence on politics and policy, and none is likely to do so again anytime soon.” Rove has also been called a master strategist whose “game has always been long term,” says columnist David Broder, “and he plays it with an intensity and attention to detail that few can match.” He was ranked #1 on both the’s List of the “50 Most Influential Political Pundits in America” and New York Magazine's “Most Popular Political Pundit Index.” As a Fox News contributor, Karl provides a “genuine feel of inside knowledge,” says David Zurawik, a television critic for The Baltimore Sun.

A Colorado native, Rove attended the University of Utah, the University of Maryland-College Park, George Mason University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Rove has taught graduate students at UT Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and undergraduates in a joint appointment from the Journalism and Government departments at the university. He was also a faculty member at the Salzburg Seminar.

He was previously a member of the Board of International Broadcasting, which oversaw the operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, and served on the White House Fellows regional selection panel. He was also a member of the Boards of Regents at Texas Women's Union and East Texas State University.

Rove now serves on the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Texas State History Museum Foundation. He is a member of the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors and the Texas Philosophical Society.

Randolph College is expecting a sold-out crowd for the January 26 event, and tickets will be required for entrance. To reserve tickets, please register at

For media inquiries, please contact Brenda Edson, strategic communications manager, at

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations


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