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David Axelrod
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Axelrod in the Oval Office (2009)
Senior Advisor to the President
In office
January 20, 2009 – January 10, 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Barry Jackson
Succeeded by David Plouffe
Personal details
Born (1955-02-22) February 22, 1955 (age 67)
Lower East Side, New York, United States
Political party Democratic
Susan Landau (m. 1979)
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Alma mater University of Chicago

David M. Axelrod (born February 22, 1955) is an American political operative and analyst. He is best known as the Chief Strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns. After Obama's election, Axelrod was appointed as Senior Advisor to the President. Axelrod left the White House position in early 2011 and became the Senior Strategist for Obama's successful re-election campaign in 2012.

He now serves as the director of the non-partisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and is a Senior Political Commentator for CNN. In April 2014 it emerged that Axelrod had been appointed senior strategic adviser to the British Labour Party to assist party leader Ed Miliband in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

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