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As former White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer was the primary spokesperson for President
Bush and delivered the daily White House briefings from 2001 to 2003. He previously served as the
senior communications advisor and spokesman for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign. In his
almost four years working for George W. Bush, he served as spokesman during the historic
presidential recount, September 11, two wars and the anthrax attack. His bestselling book, Taking
Heat, details his years in the White House and reached #7 on The New York Times bestseller list.
He is a political analyst for CNN.
Prior to joining Governor Bush’s campaign, Fleischer was the national spokesman and
communications director for Elizabeth Dole’s presidential campaign. In November 1994, Fleischer
was hired as communications director by the House Committee on Ways and Means after
Republicans took control of the Congress. He also served as press secretary to New Mexico
Senator Pete Domenici from 1989 to 1994. From 1983 to 1989, Fleischer served as press secretary
to two members of Congress from New York, and worked on several political campaigns.
Fleischer is a native of Pound Ridge, New York and a 1982 graduate of Vermont’s Middlebury
College. Now president of his own firm, Ari Fleischer Communications Inc., he offers advice to
clients in the corporate and sports world on how to handle the press.
Fleischer has provided counsel to clients such as Major League Baseball, the Women’s Tennis
Association, the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association and has conducted media training with
seven National Football League teams, all the National Football League head coaches, as well as
media training to NASCAR. He has also done media training for several individual athletes.
He resides in Westchester County with his wife, Becki, and their two children.