According to The Post, “Mr. Rosenker also became involved in presidential politics, joining Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 reelection campaign. The experience left him feeling “disgusted and disappointed” in the wake of the Watergate scandal, he later told an interviewer with his alma mater, the University of Maryland, but he was persuaded to serve as deputy press secretary for President Gerald R. Ford’s campaign in 1976.
“Mr. Rosenker later worked as an advance man for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush while spending 23 years running public affairs for the Electronic Industries Association, a now-defunct manufacturers’ trade group. (One network news staffer said he was the best press advance man I’ve ever worked with and was adored by the press corps.”)
“He opened the Washington office of the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the country’s organ transplant system, before joining the George W. Bush administration in 2001.
“As deputy assistant to the president and director of the White House Military Office, Mr. Rosenker coordinated military support for the executive office, presiding over Camp David, Air Force One, secure communications and the handling of the “football,” the emergency satchel that presidents can use to launch a nuclear attack.
In 2018, a political communications center at the University of Maryland – The Mark and Heather Rosenker Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership – was named in their honor. The Center, part of the Department of Communication, unites research, education, and public engagement to foster democratic communication by a diverse people.
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