June 13, 2007
Virginia Republican Party Chairman Ed Gillespie is replacing Dan Bartlett as White House counselor.
Gillespie is a former head of the national GOP and a long time adviser to President Bush, who appointed him to the post Wednesday. Gillespie is set to begin his new position on June 27th in order to have some overlap with Bartlett who is set to leave July 4th.
In 2004 Gillespie led the Republican Party helping Bush get back in to the White House and retain GOP majorities in the House and Senate. Bartlett had been with Bush for nearly 14 years, ever since his first campaign as governor of Texas.