John Roberts' Managers
Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.
Named by President Bush as an informal advisor to Supreme Court
Justice nominee John Roberts, Fred Thompson will facilitate communication
between Roberts and senators throughout the confirmation process.
known as district attorney Arthur Branch on the NBC series "Law
and Order," Thompson is also a former Republican senator from
Tennessee, an attorney and lobbyist.
As an attorney, Thompson served as minority council to the Senate Watergate
Committee from 1973-4 and as special council to Tennessee Gov.
Lamar Alexander in 1980, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
from 1980-1, and the Senate Intelligence Committee in 1982.
Thompson was first elected to fill former Vice President Al Gore's vacated
Senate seat in 1994 and re-elected two years later. During his
tenure as senator, he served on the Senate Judiciary Committee
and showed a strong pro-life stance, voting against the use of
taxpayer money to fund abortions. But Thompson also expressed
his support for the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing
In 2002, Thompson retired from the Senate to pursue his acting
career. He has appeared in a number of movies including "The
Hunt for Red October," "In the Line of Fire," and
"Die Hard 2."
Thompson is also a lobbyist for the conservative Progress for
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie
As head of a multi-million dollar political lobbying firm and
former Republican National Committee chairman, Ed Gillespie brings
robust experience in campaign strategy to his newest role -- informal
advisor to President Bush's Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.
who served as senior communications adviser to then-Governor Bush's
2000 presidential campaign and strategist for Elizabeth Dole's
2002 successful Senate bid, is expected to handle the public relations
arm of the confirmation process. Among his duties is to craft
a nominee profile and message to counter public and political
opposition to Roberts.
Prior to his role as RNC chairman from 2001-3, Gillespie spent
over a decade as a chief aide to former House Majority Leader
Dick Armey, R-Texas, and as RNC director of communications and
He also helped draft the "Contract with America," a
GOP-authored document released during its victorious 1994 U.S.
congressional election campaign detailing specific action if the
Republican Party won the majority of seats.
Gillespie is founder and co-chairman of Quinn Gillespie &
Associates, a high-profile political consulting and public affairs
firm primarily representing energy, steel and timber interests.
The firm's clients include the American Petroleum Institute, U.S.
Chamber of Commerce and Tyson Foods Inc. as well as corporate
giants Microsoft and the now-defunct Enron.