Robert Bauer

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Robert Bauer
34th White House Counsel
In office
January 3, 2010 – June 30, 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Greg Craig
Succeeded by Kathryn Ruemmler
Personal details
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Anita Dunn
Alma mater Harvard University (A.B.)
University of Virginia (J.D.)
Profession Lawyer

Robert F. Bauer is an American attorney who previously served as White House Counsel under President of the United States Barack Obama.


Bauer graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1970, from Harvard College in 1973, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1976.

White House Counsel

He is a partner at Perkins Coie. In November 2009, he was named to be the next White House Counsel,[1] upon the resignation of Gregory Craig.[2] 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,[3] and had advised President Obama since Mr. Obama came to Washington, D.C. in 2005 as U. S. Senator.[4]

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.[5]

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.”

Personal life

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.[4] In 2008, Bauer and Dunn were described as Washington's new "power couple" by Newsweek magazine.[6]


  1. Marc Ambindernov (November 12, 2009), White House Counsel: Craig Out, Bauer In<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Greg Craig out as White House Counsel
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Craig Steps Down as White House Lawyer" by Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times, November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2009.
  5. [1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Greg Craig
White House Counsel
Succeeded by
Kathryn Ruemmler