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Ed Gillespie
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Counselor to the President
In office
July 5, 2007 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Dan Bartlett
Succeeded by Peter Rouse (2011)
Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia
In office
December 4, 2006 – June 13, 2007
Preceded by Kate Obenshain
Succeeded by John Hager
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
In office
July 25, 2003 – January 20, 2005
Preceded by Marc Racicot
Succeeded by Ken Mehlman
Personal details
Edward Walter Gillespie

(1961-08-01) August 1, 1961 (age 60)
Mount Holly Township, New
, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cathy
Children John
Alma mater Catholic University of America

Edward Walter "Ed" Gillespie (born August 1, 1961) is an American Republican politician. He served as the 61st Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Counselor to the President during George W. Bush's administration.

Gillespie, along with Democrat Jack Quinn, founded Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a bipartisan lobbying firm. In January 2014, Gillespie announced he was running for Virginia's U.S. Senate seat currently held by Mark Warner in the 2014 election, and on June 7, 2014, he received the Republican nomination.

In October 2015, Gillespie announced his plans to run for Governor of Virginia in 2017. In June 2017, he became the Republican Party's candidate for governor in Virginia's 2017 election, facing Democratic nominee Ralph Northam who later won the election.

  • Chris Oakes, "Selling America on Crypto," Wired, March 4, 1998.
  • Jim VandeHei, "Bush Policies Ease Transition For Aides Into Lobbyist Jobs," Wall Street Journal, March 19, 2001.
  • Ryan Lizza, "The Insider," New Republic, June 19, 2001.
  • Robert Novak, "Bush on the Hill," Creators Syndicate, May 24, 2003.
  • Mike Allen, "Bush Picks Campaign Chief, RNC Chairman," Washington Post, June 17, 2003.
  • Elisabeth Bumiller, "Fierce Defender of President to Lead Campaign for Court", New York Times, July 6, 2005.
  • Thomas B. Edsall, "Lobbyist to Campaign For Bush Court Nominee: Gillespie Choice Marks Bid to Use GOP Muscle", Washington Post, July 8, 2005.

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