Ex-Alaskan expected to become White House chief of staff

September 30, 2010 

Pete Rouse with President Obama at the White House in 2009.

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As widely rumored, Pete Rouse, a former Alaska political insider and senior adviser to President Obama, will be named acting White House chief of staff on Friday when Rahm Emanuel resigns to run for mayor of Chicago, report Politico and numerous other news outlets.

From Politico:

In an odd exchange with reporters on Thursday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs would say only that Obama will make a "personnel announcement" Friday morning in the East Room. ...

Gibbs then went on to praise Rouse, without ever confirming that he's in line for the job. "The type of trust the president and others in the administration have in Pete is enormous," Gibbs said.

Rouse, whose mother was raised in Anchorage, was born on the East Coast but spent four years as chief of staff to Republican Alaska Lt. Gov. Terry Miller, from 1979 to 1983. The Anchorage Daily News published a profile of Rouse in 2009.

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