POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Pound Ridge’s Ari Fleischer!
Lawrence Ari Fleischer, who was born in Pound Ridge, turns 54 on Monday.
Fleischer, White House press secretary for President George W. Bush from January 2001 to July 2003, was born Oct. 13, 1960.
He graduated from Fox Lane High School in Bedford, in 1978, and from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1982.
After graduation from Middlebury, Fleischer worked as press secretary for Jon Fossel, a Republican candidate for a New York congressional seat. Later Fleischer worked as press secretary for Rep. Norman Lent. From 1985 to 1988 he was the field-director for the National Republican Congressional Committee. From 1989 to 1994, Fleischer served as press secretary for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico).
Although Fleischer served as communications director for Elizabeth Dole during her presidential run in the 2000 election campaign, he joined George W. Bush's presidential campaign after Dole dropped out of the race. When Bush became the president in 2001, he named Fleischer the first press secretary of his administration.
Currently, he works as a media consultant for the NFL, Bowl Championship Series, and other various sports organizations and players through his company, Ari Fleischer Sports Communications. He is also an international media consultant to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He is also on the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition.