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Robert Kimmitt
United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
June 30, 2006 – July 10, 2006
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJohn W. Snow
Succeeded byHenry Paulson
United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
In office
August 16, 2005 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded bySamuel Bodman
Succeeded byNeal S. Wolin
United States Ambassador to Germany
In office
September 5, 1991 – August 28, 1993
PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded byVernon A. Walters
Succeeded byRichard Holbrooke
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
In office
March 2, 1989 – August 23, 1991
PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush
Preceded byMichael Armacost
Succeeded byArnold Kanter
Personal details
Born (1947-12-19) December 19, 1947 (age 74)
Logan, Utah, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Holly Sutherland
EducationUnited States Military Academy (BS)
Georgetown University (JD)
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1969–2004
Major General
Unit173rd Airborne Brigade
101st Airborne Division
United States Army Reserve
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsBronze Star (3)
Purple Heart
Air Medal

Robert Michael Kimmitt[1] (born December 19, 1947) was United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush. He was nominated by President Bush on June 29, 2005. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed him on July 29, 2005, and he was sworn into office on August 16, 2005.[2] Kimmitt served through the end of the Bush administration, leaving office on January 20, 2009.

Kimmitt served as acting Secretary of the Treasury from Friday, June 30, until Monday morning, July 10, following John W. Snow's resignation,[3] but prior to Henry Paulson being sworn into office.[4]

Early life and education

Robert Kimmitt, born December 19, 1947 in Logan, Utah,[5] graduated from Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School in 1965. Kimmitt graduated with distinction from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1969. He received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1977, where he was editor in chief of Law & Policy in International Business.

Military service

After being commissioned as a Regular Army officer in 1969 at West Point, Robert Kimmitt completed field artillery and airborne schools, and graduated first in his Ranger School class. He then served a 17-month combat tour with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam (1970–1971), earning three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was subsequently assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (1972–1974), where he completed Jumpmaster school and qualified as a Senior Parachutist. He retired in November 2004 as a major general in the Army Reserve.

Later career

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From 1976 to 1977 and 1978 to 1983, Robert Kimmitt was a member of the National Security Council staff. From 1977 to 1978, he served as a law clerk to Judge Edward A. Tamm of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He served at the White House as National Security Council Executive Secretary and General Counsel from 1983 to 1985, with the rank of Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. From 1985 to 1987, Robert Kimmitt served as General Counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department, where he received the Alexander Hamilton Award, as well as the Arthur S. Flemming Award for distinguished public service.

Kimmitt then left public service, and from 1987 to 1989, served as a partner in the law firm of Sidley & Austin.

Kimmitt resumed his public service career in 1989, serving as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs until 1991. For his service during the Gulf Crisis and War, President George H. W. Bush presented Kimmitt with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Nation's second-highest civilian award. He served from 1991 to 1993 as United States Ambassador to Germany and was awarded the U.S. Defense Department Distinguished Public Service Award as well as Germany's Order of Merit.

During 1997 Kimmitt was a member of the National Defense Panel. From 1998 to 2005, he was a member of the Director of Central Intelligence's National Security Advisory Panel. He also served as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the World Bank's International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. Kimmitt is also a recipient of the CIA Director's Award.[6]

Kimmitt was a managing director of Lehman Brothers from 1993 to 1997. He was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering from 1997 to 2000. Kimmitt was Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One, a software company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area. Robert Kimmitt was Chairman of the International Advisory Council of Time Warner, where he had served from July 2001 to February 2005 as Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy. From March through August 2005, he was also Senior International Counsel in the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

In May 2007, he was mentioned in media reports as among the top candidates to be named president of the World Bank, a position ultimately filled by Robert Zoellick. Kimmitt was the independent chairman of the Deloitte Center for Cross-Border Investment from 2009–2012, and currently is Senior International Counsel at the WilmerHale law firm.

He has also served on many company boards such as Facebook and Afinti.[7] On March 26th, 2020 Facebook announced that Robert Kimmitt has been appointed by the company's board of directors as lead independent director.[8]

Personal life

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Robert Kimmitt's father is Joseph Stanley Kimmitt (Stan), former Secretary of the Senate and army colonel, who died in 2004. Kimmitt's brother, Mark Kimmitt is the former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East. Kimmitt and his wife Holly Sutherland Kimmitt have two daughters, three sons, and eight grandchildren and reside in Arlington, Virginia. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Trilateral Commission. He is Chairman Emeritus of the American Council on Germany and his foreign language is German.


  1. ^ "Robert Michael Kimmitt". West Point Association of Graduates. Retrieved March 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Treasury Officials". United States Department of the Treasury. Archived from the original on July 11, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2007.
  3. ^ "Snow bows out as Treasury secretary". Reuters. Retrieved June 29, 2006.[dead link]
  4. ^ "President Bush Participates in Swearing-In Ceremony for Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson". Office of the Press Secretary. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2006.
  5. ^ "Nomination of Robert M. Kimmitt To Be General Counsel of the Department of the Treasury". Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt". Retrieved November 5, 2020.
  7. ^ "Afinti executives".
  8. ^ "Facebook Appoints Robert M. Kimmitt as Lead Independent Director" (Press release). March 26, 2020. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
Diplomatic posts Preceded byVernon A. Walters United States Ambassador to Germany 1991–1993 Succeeded byRichard Holbrooke Political offices Preceded byMichael Armacost Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs 1989-1991 Succeeded byArnold Kanter Preceded bySamuel Bodman United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury 2005–2009 Succeeded byNeal S. Wolin Preceded byJohn W. Snow United States Secretary of the TreasuryActing 2006 Succeeded byHenry Paulson