Robert Raben

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Robert Raben
Robert Raben, Founder and President of The Raben Group.jpg
Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs
In office
October 7, 1999 – January 20, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Andrew Fois
Succeeded by Daniel Bryant
Personal details
Born Robert Raben
(1963-11-11) November 11, 1963 (age 52)
Miami, Florida
Political party Democratic
Alma mater New York University School of Law
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Robert Raben (born November 11, 1963) is the founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and consulting firm The Raben Group, and was Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice under former President Bill Clinton.[1]

In addition to having a seat on the boards of several non-profit organizations, Raben is known as a bipartisan player for progressive change in Washington after being named a top lobbyist by Washington Life magazine, The Hill, and Washingtonian magazine.[2][3][4]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Born in Miami Beach, Florida, Raben holds a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University School of Law. Shortly after law school, he clerked for the Supreme Court of Mississippi and taught Law at the University of Miami before he joined the firm Arnold & Porter as an associate specializing in international trade, federal lobbying, and white-collar criminal defense.[1][5]

Raben started his career on Capitol Hill as counsel for Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA). He served in this capacity for seven years, advising him on civil rights policy and Judiciary committee issues.[6] His committee work for Rep. Frank eventually led him to his next role as Democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee on the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property,[2] and for the Subcommittee on the Constitution. In conjunction with his service on the Hill, Raben taught as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.[1]

In 1999, he was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and subsequently Assistant Attorney General under President Bill Clinton on October 7.[7] Raben oversaw Attorney General Janet Reno’s legislative initiatives and handled extensive congressional oversight of the Department. He received unanimous confirmation vote for this position along with an endorsement from the Senate Judiciary Committee's Republican subcommittee chairs. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Raben's confirmation "[would] place a proven person in a position that is critical to the cooperation of Congress and the Executive Branch." As Assistant Attorney General under President Bill Clinton, he oversaw Attorney General Janet Reno’s legislative initiatives and handled congressional oversight of the Department.[1] He acted as chief lobbyist and strategist on intellectual property, federalism, tort reform, and cybercrime issues.

The Raben Group, 2001-present[edit]

In 2001, Raben formed The Raben Group, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying, consulting, and public affairs firm founded specializing in issues of law and public policy.[8][9] The firm maintains offices in Washington, D.C., New York City and Los Angeles.[8] Its lobbying income in 2014 was about $4.5M[10] and it was included in The Hill's top lobbyists in 2014, with a notation that Raben has "a reputation as a lobbyist who champions social causes."[11]

Notable issues or clients have included:

Boards and Associations[edit]

Since 1995, Raben has chaired both the Hispanic National Bar Association's (HNBA) DC Foundation and Endorsement Committee. Additionally, he sits on the boards of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project,[18] the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies,[19] and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.[20]

Raben is also “perhaps best known for hosting salon discussions at his house with well-known journalists and politicos.” He frequently hosts salon discussions at his home with prominent journalists, politicians, activists and executives.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Robert Raben has one daughter, Madeleine Raben Fenster, 25 years old.


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  2. ^ a b c "The 2009 Power 100 | Washington Life Magazine - Part 2". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns | TheHill". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Hired Guns: The City's 50 Top Lobbyists | Washingtonian". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Matt & Andrej Koymasky - Famous GLTB - Robert Raben". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Robert Raben". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Congress (U.S.) (2005). Congressional Record, V. 147, Pt. 4, March 27, 2001 to April 23, 2001. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 4928. ISBN 9780160726064. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "About The Raben Group". 
  9. ^ Sunlight Foundation. Raben Group listing at Sunlight Foundation Page accessed April 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "The Raben Group". Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ Staff, The HIll. October 22, 2014. Top Lobbyists 2014: Hired Guns
  12. ^ Judy Sarasohn for the Washington Post. November 17, 2005 Lobby Shop Is Over 21
  13. ^ Manuel Roig-Franzia for the Washington Post August 5, 2009 A Battle of Goliaths: Michael Bloomberg and His Gun Control Group Take on the NRA
  14. ^ Kevin McCauley for O'Dwyer's. May 3, 2013 Raben Group Pushes for Visas for At-Risk Afghans
  15. ^ Jake Johnston for the Center for Economic and Policy Research April 26, 2013 Paid to Trash Argentina, Raben Does Just That, Without Disclosing Financial Interests
  16. ^ Chris Johnson for The Washington Blade. July 17, 2014 Gay-owned firm to ‘dive deep’ with new LGBT initiative
  17. ^ a b Kevin McCauley for O'Dwyer's. Mar. 26, 2015 Raben Comes to Relief of Islamic Relief
  18. ^ "Our Board". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Board of Governors | Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies". Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project » Board of Directors". Retrieved September 8, 2015.