Jack Quinn (lawyer)

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John M. Quinn
26th White House Counsel
In office
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Abner J. Mikva
Succeeded by Charles Ruff
Personal details
Born John Michael Quinn
(1949-08-16) August 16, 1949 (age 72)
New York
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susanna Monroney Quinn
Children 5 children; 1 stepchild
Alma mater Georgetown University
Occupation Lawyer

John Michael "Jack" Quinn (born August 16, 1949) is an American lawyer and businessman. He is a Democratic activist and has advised numerous Democratic candidates and office holders.

Early life

Quinn attended Georgetown University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971. He later attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, while also serving as a staff member on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs (1969-1973) and, later, as a legislative assistant to Senator Floyd K. Haskell of Colorado (1973-1975). He was graduated with a J.D. in 1975.[citation needed]


At the age of 26, from 1975 to 1976, Quinn directed Mo Udall's presidential campaign. Later Quinn became a partner at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., working there for almost 20 years. He taught as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University Law Center and served as a Democratic National Committee appointee.[citation needed]

He served as general counsel to the presidential campaigns of Senators Gary Hart and Bob Kerrey and was both counsel and communications director to Senator Al Gore's 1988 presidential campaign. He was again a Gore advisor during Gore's campaign as Bill Clinton's running mate in the 1992 election, coordinating Gore's preparation for the vice-presidential debates.[citation needed]

After Clinton and Gore won the election, Quinn was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Vice President.[1] Later he was promoted to Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States, retaining the Counsel to the Vice President title. In September 1995, Quinn became White House Counsel to President Clinton and served in that role until early in 1997.[citation needed]

When Quinn left the White House in 1997, he returned to Arnold & Porter. He later founded Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a public affairs and public relations firm with Ed Gillespie, a leading Republican operative. The two met as adversaries on Tony Snow's Fox News talk show. Their partnership is considered an early example of the trend towards an interdisciplinary and bipartisan "one-stop shopping" approach to lobbying.[2]

Quinn served on the Boards of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (1997–98), Fannie Mae (1997-2000) and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. He presently serves on the Boards of Alternative Packaging Systems (APS), a developer of innovative non-aerosol packaging technologies; The Water Company, a developer of water purification technologies for industrial uses; and Constellis, a holding company that includes several private security companies (including Academi, Triple Canopy and The Olive Group) that provide services and training to both governmental and private sector clients. Quinn co-chairs the Governance and Compliance Committee of Academi with former Attorney General and Senator John Ashcroft.[citation needed]

Personal life

Quinn is married to Susanna Monroney Quinn and lives in Washington, D.C. with their son, Storm Quinn, born April 26, 2012 and Susanna's daughter Jocelyn. He has four additional children from previous marriages: Jonathan, Megan, Caitlin and Brendan.[citation needed]


  1. White House. "Vice President Gore Names Jack Quinn Chief of Staff." [1]; accessed November 26, 2006.
  2. Russ Baker, "U.S.: Top Ten Corporate Democrats for Hire". Profile, corpwatch.org; accessed November 26, 2006.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Abner J. Mikva
Counsel to the President of the United States
Succeeded by
Charles Ruff
Political offices
Preceded by
Roy Neel
Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States
Succeeded by
Ron Klain