Jack Quinn

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Person.png Jack Quinn   SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, lobbyist)
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BornJohn Michael Quinn
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materGeorgetown University
Children5 children 1 stepchild
SpouseSusanna Monroney
Democratic megalobbyist

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In office
November 1, 1995 - February 1997
Preceded byAbner Mikva
Succeeded byCharles Ruff

John Michael Quinn (born August 16, 1949) is an American lawyer, businessman and CNN television commentator (undisclosed, but highly likely on behalf of lobbyist clients).

Quinn is regarded as a Democratic megalobbyist, representing such companies as Microsoft and Citigroup, and working for Blackwater. He and his wife, Susanna Quinn (nee Monroney), make one of Washington DC power couples[1]

Early life

Quinn attended Georgetown University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971. He later attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, while also serving as a staff member on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs (1969-1973) and, later, as a legislative assistant to Senator Floyd K. Haskell of Colorado (1973-1975). He graduated with a J.D. in 1975.


At the age of 26, from 1975 to 1976, Quinn directed Mo Udall's presidential campaign. Later Quinn became a partner at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., working there for almost 20 years. He also taught as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University Law Center

He was general counsel to the presidential campaigns of Senators Gary Hart and Bob Kerrey, and was both counsel and communications director to Senator Al Gore's 1988 presidential campaign. He was again a Gore advisor during Gore's campaign as Bill Clinton's running mate in the 1992 election, coordinating Gore's preparation for the vice-presidential debates.

After Clinton and Gore won the election, Quinn was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Vice President.[2] Later he was promoted to Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States, retaining the Counsel to the Vice President title. In September 1995, Quinn became White House Counsel to President Clinton and served in that role until early in 1997.

When Quinn left the White House in 1997, he returned to Arnold & Porter. In 2000, he co-founded Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a public affairs and public relations firm with Ed Gillespie, a leading Republican operative. The two met as adversaries on Tony Snow's Fox News talk show. Their partnership is considered an early example of the trend towards an interdisciplinary and bipartisan "one-stop shopping" approach to lobbying.[3]

Quinn served on the Boards of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (1997–98), Fannie Mae (1997-2000) and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. He presently serves on the Boards of Alternative Packaging Systems (APS), a developer of innovative non-aerosol packaging technologies and The Water Company, a developer of water purification technologies for industrial uses.

Mercenary Companies

Until late 2016, he was a director of Constellis, a holding company that includes several private security companies (including Academi, Triple Canopy, and The Olive Group) that provide security services and training to both governmental and private sector clients. Quinn co-chaired the Governance and Compliance Committee of the mercenary company Academi (formerly known as Blackwater) with former Attorney General and Senator John Ashcroft.

Quinn is presently a Legal Analyst at CNN. He also practices law at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and in the Law Office of John M. Quinn. In the latter practice, he represents thousands of family members of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Quinn was among the lawyers involved in promoting the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which became law when Congress overrode the veto issued by President Barack Obama. That veto was the only one override during Obama's presidency.

Personal life

Quinn is married to Susanna Monroney Quinn and lives in Washington, D.C. with their son, Storm Quinn, born April 26, 2012, and daughter Jocelyn Quinn, born November 30, 1999. He has five older children: Kathleen Quinn, Jonathan Quinn, Megan Quinn, Caitlin Quinn Slaviero and Brendan Quinn. He also has nine grand-children. In 2019, he received a double lung transplant.

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  1. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/dc-power-couple-jack-and-susanna-quinn-recovering-from-surgeries
  2. White House. "Vice President Gore Names Jack Quinn Chief of Staff." [1]; accessed November 26, 2006.
  3. Russ Baker, "U.S.: Top Ten Corporate Democrats for Hire". Profile, corpwatch.org; accessed November 26, 2006.