(1960 - )
Lawrence Ari Fleischer was
born in Pound Ridge, NY on October 13, 1960. Fleischer
was the press secretary for President George W. Bush
from 2001-2003. He served as communications director
for Senator Elizabeth Dole during her presidential
campaign in 2000, and then joined with the Bush campaign
after Dole dropped out of the race.
In the 1980s, Fleischer worked on
Capitol Hill in a variety of positions. In 1982, he
worked as press secretary for Jim Fosil, a candidate
for a New York Congressional seat. In the mid-80s,
he was press secretary for Congressman Norman Lent,
and then became field director for the National
Republican Congressional Committee. Fleischer also
served on the staffs of Senator Pete Dominici, President
George H. W. Bush, and the Republican House Ways and
Fleischer was the official in the
Bush administration that coined the phrase “homicide
bombing” when speaking of suicide
Israel. He was known for his wit on the podium,
and caused controversy on several occassions by personally
attacking individuals who criticized the Bush administration.
Fleischer resigned his position in the summer of 2003
and was replaced by Scott McLellan.
Fleischer is married to Rebecca Davis
from the Office of Management and Budget and lives
in Washington, DC. He is an avid baseball fan and was
sometimes seen playing with President George W. Bush
on the White House lawn.