Mitch Rose has been named vice president of government relations for the Walt Disney Co.
He will be based at Mouse House’s Washington, D.C., office and play a key role in repping all of Disney’s operating divisions with the federal government. He reports to Preston Padden, Disney’s executive veep of government relations.
Rose had previously been chief of staff to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Rose served as Stevens’ senior political and policy adviser and was the lawmaker’s principal liaison with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, handling all the communications and broadcast issues that came before the panel. He also served as Stevens’ press secretary and in a variety of positions for former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kansas), including press aide.
Last year, Rose was a key Senate staff member in the revision of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act, which for the first time enabled satellite carriers to offer local broadcast stations as a way of competing with incumbent cable providers.