Bill, named one of Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People of 2012”, has worked at the highest levels of national politics for 15 years. Before joining GSG, he was most recently a co-founder and senior strategist for Priorities USA Action, the super PAC dedicated to the 2012 reelection of President Obama.
Bill was one of the first hires on President Obama’s first presidential campaign where he was the national press secretary. After inauguration, he served in the Obama administration as deputy White House press secretary and special assistant to the President. In that capacity, Burton traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally, with the President, briefing reporters both on Air Force One and at the podium in the White House briefing room. During his tenure at the White House, Burton was mentioned as one of the “Power Players in Washington” by National Journal, citing him for being “tough”, “fair” and an “honest broker” with the press.
During the 2006 electoral cycle, a year when Democrats won a historic number of seats to take the majority in the House, Burton worked as Rahm Emanuel’s communications director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Before that, Burton served as a communications adviser to Congressman Dick Gephardt, U.S. Senators John Kerry and Tom Harkin, and others.