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Counselor to the President Karen Hughes

Karen Hughes, 43, who served as President-elect Bush’s Director of Communications during the campaign, will join the new Administration as Counselor to the President.

Hughes will be responsible for providing strategic advice to the president in a variety of areas including communications, policy and legislative matters.

Ms. Hughes will oversee the Offices of Press Secretary, Communications and Speechwriting. Hughes has worked for President-elect Bush since his 1994 campaign for Texas Governor.

She served as Director of Communications for both his gubernatorial campaigns in 1994 and 1998, and was Director of Communications in the Governor’s state office from 1995 until 1999, when she joined the presidential campaign.

She is a former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas and a former reporter for KXAS-TV in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

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