Karl Rove
Karl Rove

Karl Rove, former senior advisor to President George W. Bush, will discuss the upcoming presidential election and the future of U.S. and world politics Friday, Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of Ripon College’s Harwood Memorial Union.

Co-sponsored by the college’s International Relations Club, Ripon College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom, Rove’s talk is free and open to the public.

Rove currently is a Republican political consultant and policy advisor. He was senior advisor and deputy chief of staff during the Bush administration until his resignation on August 31, 2007. He also has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison, and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives.

He is credited with playing a key role in getting Bush elected in his bid for Texas governor and the presidency and is the subject of a book and documentary titled, “Bush’s Brain.”


Since leaving the White House, Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal.

Prior to his White House appointments, he is credited with the 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial victories of Bush, as well as Bush's 2000 and 2004 successful presidential campaigns. In his 2004 victory speech, Bush referred to Rove as “the Architect.”

Rove also been credited for the successful campaigns of John Ashcroft (1994 U.S. Senate election), Bill Clements (1986 Texas gubernatorial election), Senator John Cornyn (2002 U.S. Senate election), Governor Rick Perry (1990 Texas Agriculture Commission election), and Phil Gramm (1982 U.S. House and 1984 U.S. Senate elections).

Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, email the president of the International Relations Club, Nate Jung, at jungn@ripon.edu