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Ex-Democratic Chairman Robert Strauss dies at 95

WASHINGTON — Robert Strauss, a former chairman of the Democratic Party and an ambassador to the Soviet Union, has died.

Strauss' law firm confirmed his death Wednesday at age 95.

Strauss was born in Texas in 1918 and graduated from the University of Texas law school. He was an FBI special agent and later co-founded the law firm known today as Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

A longtime political powerbroker, Strauss was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1973 to 1976. He also guided the presidential campaigns of Jimmy Carter. During the Carter administration, he served as the nation's trade representative and as a representative to Middle East peace negotiations.

Strauss was ambassador to the Soviet Union and then the Russian Federation during the George H.W. Bush administration.

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