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Robert (Bob) J. Kabel is an American lawyer. He is a Republican attorney, lobbyist, and current National Committeeman of the District of Columbia Republican Committee.[1] In this capacity, he is also a member of the Republican National Committee. Previously, he was Chairman of the D.C. Republican Committee from December 2004 through January 2013.

Kabel currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and its International Committee. He has also been involved with the Whitman-Walker Clinic, where he was a fundraiser.

He has been involved in Republican politics throughout his career; during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan, Kabel served for three years as Special Assistant to President Reagan for Legislative Affairs. He is a former Legislative Director for Senator Richard Lugar and former Legislative Assistant to Senator Paul Fannin. He also served as a part-time member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.

Kabel was the chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans from 1993 to 1999.[2] As of 1999 he served as chairman of the Liberty Education Forum, which is the think-tank arm of the Log Cabin Republicans.[2] From 2000 to 2004, Kabel was vice chairman of the District of Columbia Republican Committee.[2] He led the party to write its first platform, which explicitly opposed a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, the only state-level Republican Party to do so.[2] In December 2004 he was voted the chairman, becoming the first openly gay chair of a state-level Republican Committee.[2]


  1. ^ D.C. Republican Committee "D.C. Republican Committee - About Us" Archived 2008-06-25 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d e Montgomery, Lori (December 16, 2004). "D.C. GOP Chooses a Gay Chairman". The Washington Post. p. DZ02. Retrieved December 14, 2009.