Professional Biography

Pete Rouse Senior Policy Advisor

Firmwide Chair, Public and Strategic Affairs Group



Pete Rouse served as Counselor to President Barack Obama from 2011-2014 and earlier was White House Chief of Staff.  As senior policy advisor and co-leader of the Public and Strategic Affairs Group, he provides policy analysis and offers strategic advice on navigating Congress and the executive branch.  Pete counsels senior level executives on federal and state policy issues and related public communication challenges. 

Known as the "101st Senator" for his extensive knowledge of the United States Senate, Pete served as Chief of Staff to members of Congress for more than 30 years.  He was Chief of Staff to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota for 19 years.  He also served as Chief of Staff to then Representative Dick Durbin of Illinois (1984-85), Rep. Berkley Bedell (1977-79) and Lt. Governor Terry Miller of Alaska (1979-83). 

In addition, Pete was co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Project and a Senior Advisor to President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.  Previously, in 2006, as Chief of Staff to then Senator Barack Obama, Pete was part of a small group of advisors who helped Senator Obama through the process that led to his decision to run for president in 2008.  Credited as the man who brought "no drama" to the Obama organization, Pete is the first Asian-American White House Chief of Staff in U.S. history.  He received a B.A. from Colby College, an M.A. from the London School of Economics, and an M.P.A. from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by Colby College.




Areas of Focus


  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.A., 1977
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, M.A., 1970
  • Colby College, B.A., 1968