Last updated on: 9/1/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert Reich, JD Biography

Title:
Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Health care reform is necessary, and House Democrats should vote for it because it’s best for the nation…”

“Health Care 2010 and 1994, and the Political Lessons of History,” www.robertreich.org, Mar. 15, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, 2010-present
  • Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, 2005-present
  • Fellow, International Leadership Forum
  • Board Member, Economic Policy Institute
  • Trustee, Economists for Peace and Security
  • Professor, Brandeis University, 1997-2005
  • Named Professor of the Year, Brandeis University, 2003
  • Awarded the Vaclav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Prize, 2004
  • United States Secretary of Labor, Jan. 20, 1993-Jan. 10, 1997
  • Professor, Harvard University, 1980-1992
  • Co-founder, American Prospect, 1990
  • Director, Policy Planning Staff, Federal Trade Commission, 1976-1980
  • Assistant to United States Solicitor General Robert Bork, 1974-1976
  • Law Clerk, Judge Frank M. Coffin, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1972-1974
  • Rhodes Scholar, 1968
Education:
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1973
  • MA, Oxford University, 1970
  • BA, summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1968
Other:
  • Named one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century by Time Magazine, 2008
  • Advisory Board, Roosevelt Institution
  • Contributing Editor, New Republic
  • Married to Claire Dalton and has two sons, Sam and Adam
  • Three of Reich’s twelve books, The Future of Success, Locked in the Cabinet, and Supercapitalism were national best-sellers
  • Weekly commentator on public radio’s “Marketplace”
  • Reich is only 4’10.5 inches tall. His height is a result of Fairbanks disease, a genetic condition
  • A 1996 poll of cabinet experts conducted by the Hearst newspapers rated him the most effective cabinet secretary during the Clinton administration
Quoted in:
  1. Are insurance companies still exempt from federal anti-trust laws?