Senior Advisor

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In some countries, a Senior Advisor is an appointed position by the Head of State to advise on the highest levels of national and government policy. Sometimes a junior position to this is called a National Policy Advisor. In some instances, these advisors form a Council of State or a State Council.

Senior Advisor also is a title for senior civil servants in several countries, and is also used in organisations.


Taiwan (Republic of China)

The President of the Republic of China can appoint Senior Advisors to the Office of the President of the Republic of China (中華民國總統府資政) and National Policy Advisors to the Office of the President of the Republic of China (中華民國總統府國策顧問), but they do not form a council. [1]

United States

Senior Advisor is a title used within the Executive Branch of the United States Government for various positions.

In the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the title has been used in two different capacities:

Numerous examples of the position also exist throughout the Executive Departments and in the branch's independent agencies. For example, the FDA includes a position called the Senior Advisor for Science. The Department of the Interior includes, for example, a Senior Advisor for Alaskan Affairs.

The senior advisors to President Barack Obama are David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, and Pete Rouse.

List of Senior Advisors to the President

No.PictureNameState of residenceTook officeLeft officePresident(s) served under
1Karl RoveKarl RoveTexasJanuary 21, 2001August 31, 2007George W. Bush
2Barry Steven JacksonBarry Steven JacksonOhioFebruary 15, 2005January 21, 2009
3David Axelrod.jpgDavid AxelrodIllinoisJanuary 20, 2009January 10, 2011Barack Obama
Pete Rouse in the Oval Office.jpgPete RouseSouth DakotaOctober 1, 2010
Valerie Jarrett official portrait small.jpgValerie JarrettIllinoispresent

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