President Barack Obama has appointed Portuguese-American attorney David Simas as Director of Political Strategy and Outreach in preparation for the 2014 mid-term elections.
Simas will be in charge of handling the midterm Democratic election agenda, from the White House, crucial to the two final years of the Obama administration.
In January of last year, President Obama had appointed Simas his Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior for Communication and Strategy. In 2009-1010, Simas served as White House political director.
A native of Tauton, Massachusetts, Simas, 43, is the child of Portuguese immigrant parents. His mother Deolinda Matos Simas is from Abela, Alentejo, mainland Portugal. His father António Simas is from Faial da Terra, São Miguel, Azores.
A graduate of Stonehill College (1992) and Boston College Law School (1995), David Simas joined the Obama administration in 2009, where he worked as President Obama’s deputy assistant and aide to White House senior advisors, David Axelrod and David Plouffe.
Since 1989, Simas has been involved in government and politics, beginning as an intern in Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s Boston office. He began a career in public service as an elected member of the Taunton School Board in 1993 and Taunton’s City Council in 1997 and 1999, where he also served as President of the City Council.
He worked his way up becoming a member of the City Council and Bristol County’s Registar of Deeds. In 2007, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick with oversight of policy development and legislative affairs.