David Simas to head Office of Political Strategy and Outreach for Obama administration
TAUNTON — Taunton native David Simas, a longtime aide to President Barack Obama, will head the White House’s new Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.
In his role as director of the White House’s new internal political operation, Simas will likely work to support Democratic candidates in the November midterm elections. The White House confirmed Friday that Simas has been named assistant to the president and director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach.
Simas, the son of Portuguese immigrants, took an interest in politics at an early age, visiting Washington as a teenager for a youth leadership conference, then running for Taunton School Committee at age 18. He later served on the Taunton City Council.
A 1992 graduate of Stonehill College and a 1995 graduate of Boston College Law School, Simas was once a lawyer for the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ Post Audit and Oversight Bureau.
While working as Northern Bristol County’s register of deeds in the mid 2000’s, Simas backed Gov. Deval Patrick’s first run for governor. After Patrick won the 2006 gubernatorial election, he named Simas deputy chief of staff. Simas later worked as a senior aide to the governor supporting many of Patrick’s top policy initiatives, including education, life sciences and clean energy.
In January 2009, Simas — the son of António Simas, a native of Faial da Terra, S. Miguel, Azores, and Deolinda Matos Simas, born in Alentejo, mainland Portugal — moved to the White House, taking a job as deputy assistant to the president for special projects. He then left to head the opinion and research efforts for Obama’s re-election campaign. Following the election, he went back to the White House to serve as Obama’s deputy senior advisor for communications and strategy.
The White House announced Simas’ new job Friday along with a handful of other key posts. Broderick Johnson was named cabinet secretary, Amy Brundage was named deputy communications director, Anne Wall was named deputy assistant for legislative affairs and Senate liaison, and Amy Rosenbaum was named deputy assistant for legislative affairs.
“The American people will be greatly served by the talent and dedication that David, Broderick, Amy, Anne and Amy bring to their new roles,” Obama said in a statement the White house released Friday. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead as we continue to move our country forward.”