Obama’s team

David Plouffe David Plouffe
May 18, 2011

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NAME: David Plouffe. (pronounced PLUFF)

AGE: 43.

EDUCATION: University of Delaware (dropped out in 1989; completed degree in May 2010); Harvard University fellowship, 2009.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Began as door-to-door canvasser for Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa in 1990; worked on Harkin’s failed presidential bid; managed Representative John Olver’s 1992 reelection campaign; partnered with Chicago political consultant David Axelrod in 2001; costrategist for Barack Obama’s 2004 US Senate race; campaign manager for Obama’s 2008 presidential race; outside strategist for Deval Patrick’s 2006 and 2010 gubernatorial races.

PERSONAL: Married, two children.

POLITICAL MOMENT: The self-described statistics nerd obsessively kept track of Democratic Party delegates during the presidential primaries in 2008 as if they were the last grains of rice in a real-life game of Survivor between Obama and his chief rival for their party’s nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton. “This was seismic and sexy stuff,’’ Plouffe wrote of the experience. “I walked around day after day holding our latest spreadsheet in my hand — it was my Bible.’’

NAME: David Simas.

AGE: 41.

EDUCATION: Coyle and Cassidy High School, Taunton, 1988; Stonehill College, 1992; Boston College Law School, 1995.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: Private law practice, 1995-2001; House Post Audit Committee, 2001-2003; Bristol County assistant registrar of deeds, 2003-2004; Bristol County registrar, 2004-2007; deputy gubernatorial chief of staff, 2007-2009.

PERSONAL: Wife, two children.

POLITICAL MOMENT: Last November, while Simas accompanied President Obama to Portugal, Obama called Simas to his side, embraced him, and introduced him to the media in the same country his parents left in search of a better life for their children. “David’s family is watching,’’ said Obama. “This is my friend David Simas.’’ The breadth of Simas’s smile was nearly matched by that of Obama, and the accompanying White House photo became a sensation both in Portugal and Taunton’s Village neighborhood, where Simas was raised and which remains heavily Portuguese.