America's public diplomacy should be as much about listening and understanding as it is about speakingBush taps aide Hughes for public diplomacy Mar 14, 2005
Perhaps he misunderstood, but I've never heard the president say any such thingWhite House denies Robertson claims Oct 20, 2004
I don't agree with that. This move shows that both women and men can have family and continue their careerHughes speaks on family and politics Apr 24, 2002
It's a beautiful city. I really hope to see itHughes speaks on family and politics Apr 24, 2002
Throughout my career, I have always advocated for a family-friendly workplaceHughes speaks on family and politics Apr 24, 2002
Karen Parfitt Hughes (born December 27, 1956) is a Republican political adviser from the state of Texas. She served as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of State with the rank of ambassador. She resides in Austin, Texas.
Born in Paris, France, she is the daughter of Patricia Rose Scully and Harold Parfitt, the last U.S. Governor of the Panama Canal Zone. After graduating from W. T. White High School, Hughes received her bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University in 1977 where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She worked as a television news reporter from 1977 to 1984. As a reporter, Hughes followed the 1980 presidential campaign. In 1984, she went to work as the Texas press coordinator for the Reagan-Bush campaign in the 1984 election. She later became executive director of the Republican Party of Texas.
Since 1994, Hughes has worked with George W. Bush, first as director of his campaign for the office of governor of Texas, and then as a counselor from 2001 to 2002, while he was President of the United States.