Robert S. Strauss

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Robert Strauss is a former special agent of the FBI who founded prominent Washington law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He was also a director at media firm Hollinger International.

Strauss served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1973 to 1976. He also served as chairman of President Carter's election campaigns in 1976 and 1980. In 1977 Mr. Strauss entered the Cabinet of President Carter, serving as special trade representative. Over the next two and one-half years, he successfully concluded the Tokyo Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and directed its passage through Congress, which culminated in the Trade Act of 1979.

Following completion of the trade agreements, President Carter asked Mr. Strauss to serve as his personal representative to the Middle East Peace Negotiations. In August 1991 he was sworn in as the U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Mr. Strauss became the U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation until 1992[1]


Hollinger International | Center for Strategic and International Studies | Council on Foreign Affairs | U.S.-Russia Business Council | Democratic National Committee


  1. Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, Robert Strauss Bio, Accessed 26-May-2009