Pete Rouse

Peter Rouse is a Senior Policy Advisor at Perkins Coie LLP. Pete Rouse served as Counselor to President Barack Obama from 2011-2014 and earlier was White House Chief of Staff. As senior policy advisor and co-leader of the Public and Strategic Affairs Group, he provides policy analysis and offers strategic advice on navigating Congress and the executive branch. Pete counsels senior level executives on federal and state policy issues and related public communication challenges.

Known as the "101st Senator" for his extensive knowledge of the United States Senate, Pete served as Chief of Staff to members of Congress for more than 30 years. He was Chief of Staff to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota for 19 years. He also served as Chief of Staff to then Representative Dick Durbin of Illinois (1984-85), Rep. Berkley Bedell (1977-79) and Lt. Governor Terry Miller of Alaska (1979-83).