Marc Thiessen is a New York Times bestselling author, a weekly columnist for The Washington Post, and appears several nights each week on Fox News’ The Kelly File, one of the top rated prime time cable news shows in the country. He is the co-founder of Oval Office Writers LLC, which provides speechwriting services and training to leading charities, hedge funds, foreign embassies, businesses, consulting firms and candidates.
A member of the White House senior staff under President George W. Bush, Marc served as chief speechwriter to the president and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He is the author of Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack (Regnery 2010) and the co-author with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge (Penguin 2013) — a book columnist George Will declared a “nonfiction thriller.” The Daily Telegraph named Marc one of the “100 most influential conservatives in America,” and his Washington Post column is one of the paper’s best-read, reaching some 2.5 million readers.
At the White House, Marc was the lead writer on the 2007 and 2008 State of the Union addresses, and worked closely with President Bush on hundreds of speeches, including remarks for his 2004 presidential campaign and televised addresses from the Oval Office. Over five years at the White House, Marc helped the President craft his public arguments on issues ranging from defense and national security, to energy, health care, taxes, trade, and economic policy.
Before coming to the White House, Marc served as Chief Speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld from 2001 to 2004. He crafted all of Rumsfeld’s major speeches during his first three years in office, and traveled 250,000 miles around the world with Rumsfeld, including his first visits Afghanistan and Iraq.
Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Marc served as spokesman and senior policy advisor to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC) from 1995-2001. Marc was also press secretary for the 1994 Huffington for Senate campaign in California. He worked for former Congressman Vin Weber (R-MN) at the think tank Empower America, and at Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly (Burson Marsteller), the public affairs firm headed by Republican strategist Charlie Black.
Marc is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and serves on the board of trustees of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is a graduate of Vassar College, and completed additional post- graduate studies at the Naval War College. Marc lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Pamela, who works as legislative director for Sen. Rob Portman (R, OH). They have four children.