The White House has announced that Bob Bauer will serve as the new White House Counsel succeeding Greg Craig who will return to private practice.
President Obama has said that Craig is a “close friend and trusted advisor” and he will continue to “call on him for advice in the years ahead.”
Currently serving as the chair of the political law group at Perkins Coie LLP, Bauer counsels and represents clients on matters involving regulation of political activity before the courts and administrative agencies of national party committees, candidates, political committees, individuals, federal officeholders, corporations and trade associations.
With a legal career spanning over 30 years, Bauer is “well-positioned to lead the counsel’s office as it addresses a wide variety of responsibilities” according to President Obama.
Bauer’s role will include managing litigation, administration, identifying judicial nominees for the federal courts, and assuring that White House officials continue to be held to the highest legal and ethical standards.
“Bob has served as a trusted counsellor for many years to many elected officials and is known as a tough and widely respected advocate,” said President Obama.
Bauer will begin serving as White House Counsel at the end of the year.