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  Mosbacher, Robert A.
NameRobert A. Mosbacher
Houston, Texas , United States
Born March 11, 1927
Died January 24, 2010 (82 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedDFWDem
Jan 24, 2010 11:46am
InfoMOSBACHER, Robert Adam "Rob" - Texas businessman who served as US Secretary of the Commerce, 1989-1992.

Born 3/11/1927 in Mt. Vernon NY, son of Emil & Gertrude (Schwartz) Mosbacher.

Graduate of Washington and Lee, 1947.

Moved to Texas in the 1960s and lived across the street from Jim Baker.

Wife Jane died in 1970 of lukemia. Remarried (2) Sandra Gerry; divorced. Married (3) Georgette Paulsin 1985, divorced 1998 (she was later a girlfriend of Sen. Fred Thompson). Married (4) Michelle "Mica" 2000.

Finance chairman for Pres. Ford's 1976 campaign.

Leading supporter of Sen. Howard Baker's 1980 campaign for President, then switched to the Bush campaign.

In the Reagan administration, Mosbacher served on the Task Force on Private Sector Initiatives 1981-1983, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Finance director for George H.W. Bush's 1988 campaign for President

U.S. Secretary of Commerce 1989-1992

Mosbacher was disturbed by the anti-gay rhetoric at the Republican National Convention of 1992, since his daughter Diane was a lesbian. [Washington Post, "The Lesbian In The G.O.P. Family," 1992 article] Esquire Magazine reported in 1/2003 that Mosbacher removed Karl Rove from the campaign team in 1992.

Guest at the 1993 wedding of James Carville and Mary Matalin.

Trustee of George H.W. Bush Presidential Library

Chairman of Mosbacher Energy Company



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Jan 24, 2010 11:00am Obituary Former Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher Dies in Houston   Article DFWDem 

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Son Robert A. Mosbacher Jr. 1947-

  01/30/1989 US Secretary of Commerce Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
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