Senior Advisor


Senior Advisor

In some countries, a Senior Advisor is an appointed position by the Head of State to advise on the highest levels of national and government policy. Sometimes a junior position to this is called a National Policy Advisor. In some instances, these advisors form a Council of State or a State Council.

Senior Advisor also is a title for senior civil servants in several countries, and is also used in organisations.

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Taiwan (Republic of China)

The President of the Republic of China can appoint Senior Advisors to the Office of the President of the Republic of China (中華民國總統府資政) and National Policy Advisors to the Office of the President of the Republic of China (中華民國總統府國策顧問), but they do not form a council. [1]

United States

Senior Advisor is a title used within the Executive Branch of the United States Government for various positions.

In the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the title has been used in two different capacities:

  • In the George W. Bush administration, it was a formal position, first held by Karl Rove and then by Barry Steven Jackson, in the Office of the Senior Advisor to the President. It had responsibility for the following four groups:
  • In prior administrations, the position of "senior advisor" was a title used for various.

Numerous examples of the position also exist throughout the Executive Departments and in the branch's independent agencies. For example, the FDA includes a position called the Senior Advisor for Science. The Department of the Interior includes, for example, a Senior Advisor for Alaskan Affairs.

The senior advisors to President Barack Obama are David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, and Pete Rouse.

List of Senior Advisors to the President

No. Picture Name State of residence Took office Left office President(s) served under
1 Karl Rove Karl Rove Texas January 21, 2001 August 31, 2007 George W. Bush
2 Barry Steven Jackson Barry Steven Jackson Ohio February 15, 2005 January 21, 2009
3 David Axelrod.jpg David Axelrod Illinois January 20, 2009 January 10, 2011 Barack Obama
Pete Rouse in the Oval Office.jpg Pete Rouse South Dakota October 1, 2010
Valerie Jarrett official portrait small.jpg Valerie Jarrett Illinois present

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