Dan Pfeiffer, a veteran aide of the Obama White House, has been hired by CNN to serve as a political contributor, announced the network’s president Jeff Zucker Monday morning.
Below is a portion of CNN’s press release that includes a brief summary of Pfeiffer’s background:
His first presidential campaign role came in a communications post for then-Vice President Al Gore‘s unsuccessful 2000 campaign. He then worked for the Democratic Governors Association and later Sens. Tim Johnson, Tom Daschle and then Evan Bayh‘s brief 2008 presidential campaign.
He left his post as the White House’s senior adviser for strategy and communications in March as one of Obama’s longest-tenured strategists.
His role with Obama started in 2007, when Pete Rouse — who hired Pfeiffer in former Sen. Tom Daschle‘s office — recruited him to join Obama’s presidential campaign.
He served in a host of communications roles during the campaign, the transition and then the White House, becoming communications director for much of Obama’s first term and then being promoted to senior adviser for the first two years of the second term
The 39-year old Georgetown grad and Delaware native tweeted about his hiring just moments ago with his first Op-Ed attached:
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) June 1, 2015
His fellow CNNer and Democratic strategist, Paul Begala, already has thoughts on the network rookie’s inaugural column:
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) June 1, 2015