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Robert Schwarz Strauss
United States Ambassador to Russia
In office
December 26, 1991 – November 19, 1992
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byHimself as Ambassador to the Soviet Union
Succeeded byThomas Pickering
United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union
In office
August 2, 1991 – December 26, 1991
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byJack F. Matlock Jr.
Succeeded byHimself as Ambassador to Russia
Special Envoy for the Middle East
In office
May 4, 1979 – November 25, 1979
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded bySol Linowitz
United States Trade Representative
In office
March 29, 1977 – August 17, 1979
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byFrederick Dent
Succeeded byReubin Askew
Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee
In office
December 9, 1972 – January 21, 1977
Preceded byJean Westwood
Succeeded byKenneth Curtis
Personal details
BornOctober 19, 1918(1918-10-19)
Lockhart, Texas, U.S.
DiedMarch 19, 2014(2014-03-19) (aged 95)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materUniversity of Texas, Austin

Robert Schwarz Strauss (October 19, 1918 – March 19, 2014) was an American politician and diplomat. He served as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee between 1972 and 1977 and served under President Jimmy Carter as the U.S. Trade Representative and special envoy to the Middle East.

Strauss was selected by President George H. W. Bush to be the U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1991 and after the USSR's collapse, he served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia from 1991 until 1993. Strauss has advised and represented U.S. presidents over three administrations and for both major U.S. political parties.

Strauss died from natural causes in Washington, D.C., aged 95.[1]


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