Marc Thiessen co-founded Oval Office Writers LLC with Peter Schweizer a New York Times best-selling author. Oval Office Writers LLC is a full service speechwriting and strategic communications firm that provides select clients a range of services from policy speeches and newspaper opinion pieces to Congressional testimony.
Mr. Thiessen served as Chief Speechwriter to President George W. Bush, and a member of the White House Senior Staff. He was the lead writer on the President’s 2007 and 2008 State of the Union addresses, helping the President navigate his first appearances before a Democratic Congress. He worked closely with the President on hundreds of speeches including remarks for his 2004 presidential campaign and televised addresses from the Oval Office. Over five years at the White House, he helped the President craft his public arguments on issues ranging from defense and national security, to energy, health care, taxes, trade, and economic policy.
Before coming to the White House, Mr. Thiessen served as Chief Speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld from 2001 to 2004. He collaborated with the Secretary on all of his major speeches during his first three years in office including Congressional testimony making the case for military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, statements at press briefings during major combat operations, and major policy addresses. Mr. Thiessen prepared all of the Secretary’s defense budget presentations before Congress explaining complex budget decisions, and persuading Congress to support increased defense investments.
Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Thiessen spent more than six years on Capitol Hill as spokesman and senior policy advisor to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC) from 1995-2001. He organized Congressional hearings, designed legislative and communications strategies for all of the Chairman’s major policy initiatives, and represented the Committee before U.S. and foreign news organizations.
Mr. Thiessen was also press secretary for the 1994 Huffington for Senate campaign in California. He worked for former Congressman Vin Weber (R-MN) at the think tank Empower America, and spent his first five years in Washington at Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly, the public affairs firm then headed by Republican strategist Charlie Black.
Mr. Thiessen’s writing has appeared in dozens of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Foreign Policy, Weekly Standard, National Review, New York Post, and Cigar Aficionado. He has appeared frequently on television and radio, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, NPR, and other news outlets.
Mr. Thiessen lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Pamela, who works in the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill as Staff Director of the Senate Republican Policy Committee. They have four children.