He served as a criminal trial prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney's Office in Houston, where he tried more than 60 first chair felony jury trials, obtaining the death penalty against Paul Romero in the rape and murder of two teenage girls. Eventually, four other death penalty verdicts were rendered in the case.
He resigned his position as a prosecutor in order to serve the RNC in Texas as a strategist. Carl is credited with the successful Texas gubernatorial victories of George W. Bush, as well as Bush's two successful presidential campaigns. He has also been credited for the successful campaigns of John Ashcroft (U.S. Senate election), Bill Clements (Texas gubernatorial election), Senator John Cornyn (U.S. Senate election), Governor Rick Perry (Texas Agriculture Commission election), and Phil Gramm (U.S. House and U.S. Senate elections).
Before Carl became known as �The Architect� of President Bush�s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was president of Carl Wander + Company, an Austin-based public affairs firm that worked for Republican candidates, non-partisan causes and non-profit groups. His clients included over 75 Republican U.S. Senate, Congressional, and gubernatorial candidates in 24 states, as well as the Moderate Party of Sweden.
As Texas Governor, George W. Bush appointed Carl to a position as criminal justice policy director, providing analysis and recommendations for proposed criminal justice laws for Bush to support or veto. When Bush was elected president, Carl helped coordinate the Bush-Cheney transition team assigned to the Department of Justice where he served as Associate Deputy Attorney General, initially advising on U.S.-Mexico border issues.
Carl's name has come up in a number of political scandals, including the Valerie Plame affair, the Bush White House e-mail controversy and the related dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy. To his everlasting credit, though, Carl has truly lived up to his Bush-conferred nickname, �Turdblossom.� He can make any mess he's involved in still smell sweet.
He served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush and then as Deputy Chief of Staff . At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.
Carl has taught graduate students at UT Austin�s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and undergraduates in a joint appointment from the Journalism and Government departments at the university. He was also a faculty member at the Salzburg Seminar.
A leading figure on the speaking circuit, Carl has spoken to a range of audiences from corporate decision makers to trade associations to college students.
Whether offering insight into American politics and elections or reflecting on the big issues facing Americans at home and abroad, he has been warmly received at annual meetings, conventions, community lecture programs and international conferences.
Carl,after resigning as a Federal prosecutor, opened the City office of international law firm of Barker Batts Wander. The firm is recognized as a leader in the energy, technology and government sectors, and as Senior Partner, Carl has long had a working relationship with Ross Pierrot, CEO of City Gas & Oil Company (Citgo), parent company of City Oil Refinery, one of the main reasons the firm decided to open an office here.
Most recently, the newly elected Mayor, Obadiah Revere,a long-time friend, named Carl his Chief Deputy Mayor, fueling rumors that Revere has national political plans.