David Axelrod

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David Axelrod

American political consultant based in Chicago, Illinois add

Category: Politics

Born in 1955.

Countries: United States (67%), Illinois (12%), New York (9%)

Main connections: Barack Obama, David Plouffe, Bill Clinton

Linked to: DePaul University, Chicago Tribune, Politico, The Economist




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David Axelrod was born in 1955 add something


After graduating from New York's Stuyvesant High School in 1972, Axelrod attended the University of Chicago add something


He lost his father to suicide about the time of his graduation from college in 1977 add something


He worked there for eight years, covering national, state and local politics, and became the youngest political writer there in 1981 add something


In June 1981, Susan gave birth to their first child, Lauren, who was diagnosed with epilepsy at seven months of age add something


Unhappy with his prospects at the "Tribune", in 1984 he joined the campaign of U.S. Senator Paul Simon as communications director; within weeks he was promoted to co-campaign manager add something


In 1985, Axelrod formed a political consultancy company, Axelrod & Associates add something


In 1987 he worked on the successful reelection campaign of Harold Washington, Chicago 's first black mayor, while helping to spearhead Simon's campaign for the 1988 Democratic Presidential nomination add something


In January 1990, Axelrod was hired to be the media consultant for the all but official re-election campaign of Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt add something


Axelrod met Obama in 1992 when Obama so impressed Betty Lou Saltzmann, a woman from Chicago 's "lakefront liberal crowd," during a black voter registration drive he ran that she introduced the two add something


In 2002, Axelrod was retained by the Liberal Party of Ontario to help Dalton McGuinty and his party to be elected into government in the October 2003 election add something


Barack Obama - In May 2002, Obama commissioned a poll to assess his prospects in a 2004 U.S. Senate race; he created a campaign committee, began raising funds and lined up political media consultant David Axelrod by August 2002, and formally announced his candidacy in January 2003.


Barack Obama - Senate race; he created a campaign committee, began raising funds and lined up political media consultant David Axelrod by August 2002, and formally announced his candidacy in January 2003.


David Plouffe - Beginning in 2003, Plouffe and fellow AKPD partner David Axelrod worked on Barack Obama's 2004 Illinois Senate campaign, beginning his association with Obama


Axelrod is credited with implementing a strategy that encourages the participation of people, a lesson drawn partly from Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign as well as a personal goal of Barack Obama add something


In 2004, Axelrod worked for John Edwards' presidential campaign add something


Axelrod served in 2006 as the chief political adviser for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel for the U.S. House of Representatives elections, in which the Democrats gained 31 seats add something


In 2006, Axelrod consulted for several campaigns, including the successful campaigns of Eliot Spitzer in New York's gubernatorial election and Deval Patrick in Massachusetts's gubernatorial election add something


Axelrod contributed to the initial announcement of Obama's campaign by creating a five-minute Internet video released January 16, 2007 add something


Axelrod served as the chief strategist and media advisor for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign add something


He was a top political advisor to President Bill Clinton as well as campaign advisor to President Barack Obama during Obama's successful run for Presidency in 2008 add something


In the 2008 primary season, Obama won a majority of the states that use the caucus format add something


The Economist August 23, 2008 edition add something


On November 20, 2008, Obama named Axelrod as a Senior Advisor to his administration add something


David Plouffe - In May 2008, David Axelrod praised Plouffe, stating he had "done the most magnificent job of managing a campaign that I've seen in my life of watching presidential politics


On June 14, 2009 Axelrod received an honorary "Doctor of Humane Letters" degree from DePaul University, speaking at the commencement exercises of the College of Communication and College of Computing and Digital Media add something


Fox News Channel - In late September 2009, Obama senior advisor David Axelrod and Roger Ailes met in secret to attempt to smooth out tensions between the two camps


Michelle Obama - Rogers had been at odds with other administration officials, such as David Axelrod, and the White House State Dinner faux pas occurred on November 24, 2009


Axelrod left the White House position in early 2011 and became the Senior Strategist for Obama's successful re-election campaign in 2012 add something


Axelrod left his White House senior advisor post on January 28, 2011 add something


David Plouffe - Plouffe was an outside senior advisor to Obama since the president's first day in office and was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the President in 2011 following the resignation of David Axelrod, who went on to start Obama's reelection campaign


Axelrod stated that his job as Obama's chief campaign strategist in the 2012 campaign would be his final job as a political operative add something


He was a top aide to Obama's 2012 re-election campaign add something


It was announced on February 19, 2013, Axelrod joined NBC News and MSNBC as a senior political analyst add something


In April 2014 it emerged that Axelrod had been appointed to the position of senior strategic adviser to the British Labour Party with a view to advising party leader Ed Miliband in the run-up to the 2015 general election add something


In Feb. 2015 Axelrod's book "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics" was published add something


He joined CNN as a senior political commentator in September 2015 add something


University of Chicago - Notable alumni in the field of government and politics include the founder of modern community organizing Saul Alinsky, Obama campaign advisor and top political advisor to President Bill Clinton David Axelrod, Attorney General and federal judge Robert Bork, Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Prohibition agent Eliot Ness, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Prime Minister of Canada William Lyon Mackenzie King, 11th Prime Minister of Poland Marek Belka, Governor of the Bank of Japan Masaaki Shi


Elena Kagan - Upon the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016, CNN political commentator and former senior advisor to Obama David Axelrod reported that Scalia had personally recommended Kagan as an adequate replacement for Souter