Arlington, Va. – The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) today announced that Karl Rove, who served as deputy chief-of-staff to then-President George W. Bush, will speak at the NACDS Political Action Committee (NACDS-PAC) Breakfast during the 2017 NACDS Annual Meeting, which will be held April 22-25 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Rove served as senior advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and as deputy chief-of-staff from 2004–2007. At the White House, he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was deputy chief-of-staff for policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.

“Those who have met with Karl Rove or have seen him speak in any forum know that he will have something to say that cuts to the heart of the matter, and he will say it in a compelling way,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. “He is the right person to bring unmatched political insights and experience to the discussion of the current political and public policy landscape, and NACDS-PAC Breakfast attendees are going to have a great morning during the NACDS Annual Meeting.”

The bipartisan NACDS-PAC supports Congressional candidates who understand and help to advance pro-pharmacy and pro-patient policies. The NACDS-PAC Breakfast is part of the NACDS Chain Members and PAC Breakfast, during which NACDS-related business is conducted. The event is open to NACDS chain members and to NACDS-PAC contributors.

Before Karl Rove became known as “the architect” of President Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Karl Rove + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, nonpartisan causes and nonprofit groups.

Rove consistently garners positive feedback from a broad media spectrum on his comprehensive political knowledge. Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, called Rove “the greatest political mind of his generation and probably of any

generation” and said “he knows history, understands the moods of the public, and is a visionary on matters of public policy.” Megan Garber, of the Columbia Journalism Review, said Karl Rove has “focused his punditry on what he knows best: strategy.” In addition, The New York Times noted that “Rove’s substantive contributions may now inspire a little work ethic among the celebrity talking heads who may be forced to bring to the news a little more data and a little less opinion, a recalibration that would be welcome to its devoted viewers.”

Rove writes a weekly op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on the Fox News Channel and is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight. He has written for various publications, including The Daily Beast, Financial Times, Forbes,,, The Times, The Washington Post, and The Weekly Standard. His latest book is The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters.

A Colorado native, Rove attended the University of Utah, the University of Maryland-College Park, George Mason University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Rove now serves on the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Texas State History Museum Foundation. He is a member of the McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors and the Texas Philosophical Society.

The NACDS Annual Meeting website presents complete information about the event.