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Abner Mikva

White House Counsel

Died when: 90 years 165 days (1085 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius


Abner Mikva

Abner Joseph Mikva (January 21, 1926 – July 4, 2016) was an American politician, federal judge, lawyer and law professor.He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Mikva served in the United States House of Representatives representing Illinois's 2nd congressional district (1969–1973) and 10th congressional district (1975–1979).

He was appointed as a United States circuit judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by President Jimmy Carter, serving from 1979 to 1994.

He served as the White House Counsel from 1994 to 1995 during Bill Clinton's presidency.In his later career, Mikva taught at the University of Chicago Law School, the Georgetown University Law Center and the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

He mentored future President of the United States Barack Obama and future United States Attorney General Merrick Garland (who also succeeded him on the D.C.

Circuit) during their early years in law.In 2014, Obama honored Mikva with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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