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Quayle Picks Jewish Lawyer As His Chief of Staff

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Vice President-elect Dan Quayle has selected Robert Guttman, a Jewish lawyer, to be his chief of staff.

Guttman, 60, was born in Munich, Germany, but fled the country with his parents during the Nazi regime, according to James Carroll, a Quayle spokesman.

Guttman was Quayle’s chief counsel in the Senate from 1985 to 1986, and was minority counsel to the Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Labor before Quayle’s election.

Guttman supervised staff work on the Quayle-authored Job Training Partnership Act, which Carroll termed Quayle’s “major legislative accomplishment.”

Guttman came to the United States in the late 1940s, and became a U.S. citizen in 1952.

Guttman had lived for a time with his divorced father in England during World War II, and served as a second lieutenant in the British Army.

When he came to the United States, he lived with his mother in California. He was graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1952, where he majored in government.

Guttman also did graduate work at Harvard and at the London School of Economics. He later earned a law degree from George Washington University.

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