Hughes, who has been a close friend and confidant of the president since his days as Texas governor, said she would continue to advise Mr. Bush on “strategic communications.” She said she will likely step down this summer.
“My husband and I have made a difficult, but we think right decision to move our family home to Texas,” Hughes told reporters. “To be honest, I guess we’re a little homesick.”
The president told the Associated Press Hughes broke the news to him last week.
“I said, ‘Karen, I’ve always valued your advice’ and she said, ‘You’ll have my advice.’ So I said to myself as long as I have her advice, judgment and friendship, I support the move,” the president said.
“She may be changing addresses,” Mr. Bush said, “but she’s not leaving my inner circle.”
A former television reporter, Hughes served as Mr. Bush’s communications director during his 1994 and 1998 gubernatorial campaigns, and filled the same post from 1995-1999 while he was governor of Texas and during his 2000 campaign for president. It was not immediately clear how she will be replaced.