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Picture of P. Robert FanninBIOGRAPHY

P. Robert Fannin
Ambassador, Dominican Republic
Term of Appointment: 11/15/2007 to present

On November 15, 2007, Ambassador P. Robert Fannin was sworn in as the United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Prior to his present post, Ambassador Fannin enjoyed a 44-year career as a lawyer in private practice and as a businessman. In those roles he worked in the public policy arena, gave legal counsel to many businesses, and served as an officer and director of two financial institutions.

Since 1963, Ambassador Fannin had worked in the private practice of law. He was a partner with the 500 attorney international law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP until his arrival in the Dominican Republic. From the time of his admission in 1963, he has participated in activities of the State Bar of Arizona, beginning with serving as President of the Junior Bar Section. Also, he served for 14 years as a chairman of a continuing legal education program of the State Bar of Arizona. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Arizona State University College of Law in 1995, and was appointed by the Supreme Court of Arizona to serve on the State Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials.

Ambassador Fannin has been a strong proponent of responsible economic growth for Arizona. He has served on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, in addition to serving on many committees of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. His work with the Phoenix Chamber includes serving as “Big Chief” (President) of the Special Events Committee (aka The Phoenix Thunderbirds), which sponsors sporting events in order to promote Greater Phoenix, and serving as Chairman of the Phoenix Open Golf Tournament (now the FBR Open). He was a member of the City of Phoenix Environmental Commission. He also served on numerous statewide committees under several governors, including the Governor’s Strategic Partnership for Economic Development, the Governor’s Transportation Task Force, the Plan B Task Force (stadium financing), and Growing Smarter. As Chairman and Member of the Governor’s Motion Picture and Television Advisory Board, he actively promoted film and television production in Arizona.

He has been active in Arizona politics for many years assisting candidates for Federal, State, and local offices. He was chairman of the Arizona Republican Party from June 2001 to January 2005. As such, he was a member of the Republican National Committee for the same period and was a presidential elector in 2000.

Ambassador Fannin has been very active in charitable non-profit work and volunteer service. He is an emeritus board member (former Chairman) of the Barrow Neurological Institute Foundation, and a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society (United Way). From 2005 until his swearing in as Ambassador, he served as a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

A native of Phoenix, Ambassador Fannin received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He was a member of the Law Review. He served on active duty for 3 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force.



Released on January 8, 2009

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