|White House Counsel|
January 3, 2010 – June 30, 2011
|Preceded by||Greg Craig|
|Succeeded by||Kathryn Ruemmler|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Harvard College
University of Virginia School of Law
White House Counsel
He had been a partner at Perkins Coie. In November 2009, he was named to be the next White House Counsel, upon the resignation of Gregory Craig. Bauer was President Obama's personal attorney and the general counsel of the Obama for America presidential campaign prior to his appointment as White House Counsel. He has also previously served as the general counsel to the Democratic National Committee, and had advised President Obama since Mr. Obama came to Washington, D.C. in 2005 as U. S. Senator.
As general counsel for the 2008 campaign, Bauer asked the Justice Department to investigate the officers and donors of American Issues Project after it ran a negative ad about Obama.
On Thursday, June 2, 2011, the White House Press Office stated that Bauer would be returning to private practice at Perkins Coie, and that Principal Deputy Counsel to the President Kathryn Ruemmler (his deputy, in that office since January 2010 and before that since January 2009 as Principal Associate Deputy U.S. Attorney General) would succeed him. The position, because it is part of the Executive Office staff that personally advises the President and is not an agency or Cabinet department or military head, does not require Senate confirmation despite the prominence of the office.
Bauer returned to private practice to again represent the president’s election team and the Democratic National Committee. “Bob was a critical member of the White House team,” Mr. Obama said. “He has exceptional judgment, wisdom and intellect, and he will continue to be one of my close advisers.”
Bauer is married to Anita Dunn, the former director of communications at the White House. He has four children, a daughter in-law, and a grandson. In 2008, Bauer and Dunn were described as Washington's new "power couple" by Newsweek magazine.
- Marc Ambindernov (November 12, 2009), White House Counsel: Craig Out, Bauer In
- Greg Craig out as White House Counsel
- "Craig Steps Down as White House Lawyer" by Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times, November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2009.
- Biography of Robert Bauer, Perkins Coie
- Robert Bauer collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Works by or about Robert Bauer in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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