John Schmidt

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For American pianist, see Jon Schmidt.
For those of a similar name, see John Schmitt (disambiguation).

John Schmidt was United States Associate Attorney General from 1994 to 1997 under President Bill Clinton. His responsibilities included oversight of the Civil, Antitrust, Civil Rights, Environment and Tax Divisions. He was also responsible for all aspects of the 1994 Federal Crime Law including its program to put 100,000 more police into community policing across the United States.

Schmidt later ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Illinois in the 1998 primary losing to Congressman Glenn Poshard.[1]

Prior to his service as Associate Attorney General, Schmidt served as Ambassador and Chief United States Negotiator to the Uruguay Round under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. He previously served as the first Chief of Staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. He was also Chair of the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, a joint state-city agency that was responsible for the redevelopment of Navy Pier in downtown Chicago.

Schmidt is currently a partner in the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown LLP.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Webster Hubbell
United States Associate Attorney General
1994-1997
Succeeded by
Raymond C. Fisher