Karl Rove

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff
Born Dec 25, 1950

Karl Christian Rove is an American political consultant and policy advisor. He was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration until Rove's resignation on August 31, 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison, and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Karl Rove.


1950 Birth Born on December 25, 1950.


1965 14 Years Old In 1965, his family moved to Salt Lake City, where Rove entered high school, becoming a skilled debater. … Read More
1968 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Rove began his involvement in American politics in 1968. … Read More
1969 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In December 1969, the man Rove had known as his father left the family, and divorced Rove's mother soon afterwards. … Read More
1970 19 Years Old In the fall of 1970, Rove used a false identity to enter the campaign office of Democrat Alan J. Dixon, who was running for Treasurer of Illinois. … Read More


1971 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1971, after the end of the semester, Rove dropped out of the University of Utah to take a paid position as the Executive Director of the College Republican National Committee. … Read More
1972 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Rove traveled extensively, participating as an instructor at weekend seminars for campus conservatives across the country. He was an active participant in Richard Nixon's 1972 Presidential campaign.
Rove held the position of executive director of the College Republicans until early 1973. … Read More
1976 25 Years Old Rove married Houston socialite Valerie Mather Wainwright, on July 10, 1976. … Read More
1977 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Rove's initial job in Texas was in 1977 as a legislative aide for Fred Agnich, a Texas Republican state representative from Dallas. … Read More
1978 27 Years Old His work for William Clements during the Texas gubernatorial election of 1978 helped Clements become the first Republican Governor of Texas in over 100 years. … Read More
1979 28 Years Old 1 More Event
The PAC eventually became the genesis of the Bush-for-President campaign of 1979–1980.
1980 29 Years Old Rove and Wainwright were divorced in early 1980. … Read More


On September 11, 1981, Rove's mother committed suicide in Reno, Nevada.
1984 33 Years Old In 1984, Rove helped Gramm, who had become a Republican in 1983, defeat Republican Ron Paul in the primary and Democrat Lloyd Doggett in the race for U.S. Senate. … Read More
In 1986, Rove helped Clements become governor a second time. … Read More
1988 - 1989 2 More Events
1990 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, two other Rove candidates won: Rick Perry, the future governor of the state, became agricultural commissioner, and Kay Bailey Hutchison became state treasurer.


1992 - 1993 3 More Events
1994 Alabama Supreme Court races In 1994, a group called the Business Council of Alabama hired Rove to help run a slate of Republican candidates for the state supreme court. … Read More
1996 45 Years Old 1996 Harold See's campaign for Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court A former campaign worker charged that, at Rove's behest, he distributed flyers that anonymously attacked Harold See, their own client. … Read More
1998 47 Years Old 1 More Event
1998 George W. Bush gubernatorial campaign Rove was an adviser for Bush's 1998 reelection campaign.
Rove operated his consulting business until 1999, when he sold the firm to take a full-time position in George W. Bush's presidential campaign.


2001 - 2007 6 More Events
Shortly after leaving the White House, Rove was hired to write about the 2008 Presidential Election for Newsweek. … Read More
2009 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2009, Rove was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame. … Read More
2010 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010, Rove became an adviser to American Crossroads, a Republican 527 organization raising money for the 2012 election effort. … Read More


2011 60 Years Old In a profile which appeared in the December 15, 2011 issue of The New Republic, Rove, with his hands-on involvement with American Crossroads, is described as one of the shrewdest navigators of the political climate after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision which exempted political broadcasts funded by corporations and unions from campaign finance limits. "Rove had no role in creating this new legal environment... but if Rove and his allies did not invent it, they certainly were adroit at exploiting it."
In February 2012, Rove said Chrysler's Halftime in America Super Bowl advertisement featuring Clint Eastwood was a sign of Chicago-style politics. … Read More
2013 62 Years Old In 2013 Rove and the PAC American Crossroads created the Conservative Victory Project for the purpose of supporting electable conservative candidates. … Read More
2015 64 Years Old Rove's history, The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters, was published in 2015.
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