Benjamin Ginsberg (lawyer)

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Benjamin Ginsberg
Born1952 (age 66–67)
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Georgetown University
Political partyRepublican

Benjamin L. Ginsberg (born c. 1952) is an American lawyer, a partner at Jones Day. Prior to that, he worked at Patton Boggs, LLP where he represented political parties, political campaigns, candidates, members of Congress and state legislatures, governors, corporations, trade associations, businesses, and individuals participating in the political process.[1][2]

Early life, education and journalism work[edit]

Ginsberg was raised in a Jewish family[3] and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974.[1] While at Penn, he was involved in the school's newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, where he served as a reporter (1970–72), contributing editor (1972) and editor-in-chief (1973).

After college he spent five years as a newspaper reporter for The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Bulletin, The Berkshire Eagle, and The Press-Enterprise.[1]

He received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1982 during which time he worked in the Capitol Hill office of Representative George E. Brown, Jr. (D-CA).[1]

Legal career[edit]

He came to Patton Boggs in 1993 after serving for eight years as counsel to the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee.[4]

In the 2000 and 2004 election cycles, Ginsberg served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign.[1] In 2000, he played a central role in the Florida recount,[1] he also represents the campaigns and leadership PACs of numerous members of the Senate and House, as well as the Republican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee.[1] He serves as counsel to the Republican Governors Association and has wide experience on the state legislative level from directing Republican redistricting efforts nationwide following the 1990 Census and being actively engaged in the 2001-2002 round of redistricting.[1] In Jay Roach's Recount (about the 2000 election), Ginsberg is played by Bob Balaban.

In 2004, Ginsberg gave legal advice to the controversial 527 Group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Though his simultaneous activities with the "Swifties" and the 2004 Bush Campaign could be considered questionable, his activities were not illegal. Nonetheless, Ginsberg resigned as legal counsel from the Bush Campaign after his position was made public.[citation needed]

Ginsberg appears frequently on television commenting on law and politics,[4] he is a MSNBC political analyst. He also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Election Law Program at William & Mary Law School.[5]

He is a former Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.[4]

In November 2011, Ginsberg was included on The New Republic's list of Washington's most powerful, least famous people.[6]

Ginsberg served as National Counsel to Mitt Romney's Presidential Campaign in 2008[1] and in 2012.[7] In August 2012, Politico reported that "Ginsberg has handled the campaign's most sensitive legal matters... and would be the most obvious choice for White House counsel" in a potential Romney cabinet.[8]

In 2013, Ginsberg was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage during the Hollingsworth v. Perry case.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Profile of Benjamin Ginsberg Archived 2013-05-13 at the Wayback Machine, Patton Boggs LLP, retrieved December 22, 2007
  2. ^ US Lobby Registration & Reporting Disclosures, U.S. Senate Office of Public Records, retrieved January 22, 2008.
  3. ^ Sheinman, Anna (29 October 2012). "Obama helps Jewish Chief of Staff keep Shabbat". The Jewish Chronicle. London, England: Kessler Foundation. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Profile: Benjamin Ginsburg". Harvard University Institute of Politics. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University. Archived from the original on March 17, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2007.
  5. ^ "Election Law Program at William & Mary Law School". Williamsburg, Virginia: William & Mary Law School. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  6. ^ The Editors (2011-11-03). "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. Retrieved 2011-10-25.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Live Blogging the SC Debate". Wall Street Journal.
  8. ^ Allen, Mike; Vandehei, Jim (August 28, 2012). "Who's on the inside track for a Romney Cabinet". Politico. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Avlon, John (February 28, 2013). "The Pro-Freedom Republicans Are Coming: 131 Sign Gay-Marriage Brief". The Daily Beast. New York City: IAC. Retrieved January 23, 2017.

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