Rove, once labeled 'Bush's brain,' anounced Aug. 13 that he will resign from his post as White House deputy chief of staff.
PHOTOS | Karl Rove's departure from the White House at the end of the month caps the latest phase of his long career as President Bush's chief political strategist. Rove rose to power as longtime aide to the Bush family. His controversial brand of attack politics frustrated Democrats and, until the 2006 midterm elections, was celebrated in GOP circles. (Win McNamee - Getty Images)
Thirteen months before President Bush was reelected, chief strategist Karl Rove summoned political appointees from around the government to the Old Executive Office Building. The subject of the Oct. 1, 2003, meeting was "asset deployment," and the message was clear:
Behind Bush's History Lesson K arl Rove may be leaving the Bush administration, but at least one aspect of Rovism -- the effort to try to pivot off a perceived political liability and turn it into a strength -- seems hard-wired into the White House psyche.
VIDEO | Calling his time serving President Bush 'the joy and honor of a lifetime,' Karl Rove announced Aug. 13 that he will leave the White House at the end of August. (AP)
Rove has been a key player in George W. Bush's political career dating back to the president's 1994 victory in the Texas gubernatorial race.
Age: 56; Born: Dec. 25, 1950.
Education: Attended the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University; has taught at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in the journalism department at the University of Texas at Austin.
Experience: Senior adviser and assistant to President Bush, January 2001-present; chief strategist for Bush's 2000 presidential campaign; president of Karl Rove Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm, 1981-1999; deputy chief of staff to Texas Gov. William Clements, 1981; executive director of the Fund for Limited Government, 1977-78; special assistant to Republican National Committee Chairman George H.W. Bush, 1973-74.
Family: Wife, Darby; one son.
-- Associated Press
Rove's Asset Deployment: The travel stops of deputies directed by the White House to tout grants, policy decisions and other administration actions in competitve states before the 2004 election.