This morning we learned that former Democratic National Committee Chairman Bob Strauss passed away at the age of ninety-five. Bob was a longtime personal friend and in my opinion, the best Chairman the Democratic Party has ever had.
He rose to the Chairmanship of the DNC after Democrats experienced the debacle of 1972. In 1974, he oversaw the historic Democratic election victories in the U.S. House and Senate in the wake of President Nixon's Watergate scandal. Bob was instrumental in uniting the Democratic Party to elect Jimmy Carter President in 1976.
Soon after his election as Chairman of the DNC, Bob held three fundraisers in California with all of the proceeds going to the state Party; this was the last time any National Committee Chair raised any money for the California Democratic Party.
His numerous accomplishments included receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981, founding the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and serving as an advisor to Presidents in both Democratic and Republican administrations.
He was predeceased by his wife Helen. Our hearts go out to his family.