Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom

Political Leaders & Government Officials

Kevin Bailey '04
School of Social Sciences
Policy adviser

Senior policy adviser at the U.S. Department of the Treasury; former special assistant to the chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden

Jim Bridenstine '98
School of Social Sciences
U.S. Congressman

U.S. Congressman representing Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District; Navy pilot and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan; after leaving active duty, returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium; recently was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve

Charles Duncan '47
George R. Brown School of Engineering
Policy adviser and businessman

Secretary of Energy during the Carter administration; former chairman of the Rice Board of Trustees; chairman of the board of Duncan Interests; former president of Coca-Cola

Josh Earnest '97
School of Humanities
Political Speechwriter

30th White House Press Secretary; has written speeches for a number of political figures including former Houston Mayor Lee Brown, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and President Barack Obama

Edward Emmett '71
School of Social Sciences
Policy adviser

Elected Harris County (Texas) Judge in 2007; served as commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission under President George H.W. Bush; served in the Texas House of Representatives

William P. Hobby, Jr. '53
School of Social Sciences
Political leader

Former Texas Lieutenant governor

Scott Hochberg '75
School of Social Sciences and George R. Brown School of Engineering
Political leader

Texas House of Representatives representing Houston's District 137


William John Kline '69
Wiess School of Natural Sciences
U.S. Congressman

U.S. Congressman representing Minnesota's 2nd District; serves as chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee and also serves on the House Armed Services Committee; while serving in the Marine Corps, earned the responsibility of flying Marine One, the president's personal helicopter

Pete Olson '85
George R. Brown School of Engineering
U.S. Congressman

U.S. Congressman representing Texas's 22nd Congressional District; serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee; served in the U.S. Navy, where he earned his Naval Aviator wings; flew anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft

Michael S. Owen '73
School of Social Sciences
Diplomat

Ambassador to Sierra Leone; previously served as deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of State; former U.S. Counsel General for Western India; has served in high-level foreign service positions in Tanzania, Ghana and Ireland

Annise Parker '78
School of Social Sciences
Political Leader

Mayor of Houston, former Houston city comptroller and city council member


Ben Rhodes '00
School of Social Sciences and School of Humanities
Policy adviser

Deputy national security adviser for strategic communications