Robert Hoffman

Robert Hoffman
Vice President of Government and Public Affairs

Robert Hoffman is Vice President of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for Oracle Corporation, the world's largest enterprise software company.  Robert is responsible for the development and implementation of Oracle's legislative agenda, which includes tax reform, trade promotion, and cybersecurity policy, and also oversees Oracle's political outreach and participation programs.

Robert joined Oracle in April 2001 after more than 13 years of service in the United States Senate, most recently as Legislative Director for United States Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).  As Legislative Director, Robert managed the Senator's entire legislative operation, which developed and advanced a comprehensive legislative agenda that included major new laws on foster care, children's health, and illicit drug control. Robert also served as the Senator's chief advisor on national security policy.
Robert Hoffman's service to the United States Senate began in 1985 as a casework assistant to then United States Senator Pete Wilson. In 1989, Mr. Hoffman joined Senator Wilson's Washington staff and worked with the legislative unit on issues that included criminal justice, telecommunications, education and child development. After Senator Wilson's election as Governor of California in 1990, Mr. Hoffman served as a speechwriter in the Governor's office in Sacramento, but returned to the Senate in 1991 to serve as a senior legislative advisor to United States Senator John Seymour (R-California). Robert was responsible for developing legislation on issues ranging from immigration, criminal justice, drug control, telecommunications and congressional reform.

In 1992, Robert was named Legislative Director to United States Senator Larry Pressler (R-South Dakota). In addition to overseeing Senator Pressler's legislative operations, Mr. Hoffman served as Senator Pressler's chief advisor on foreign affairs and national security issues, and took an active role in the development of the United Nations reform legislation that was included in the Fiscal Years 1994-95 State Department Authorization Bill.
In late 1993, Robert rejoined Governor Pete Wilson's staff as Deputy Director of the Governor's Washington, District of Columbia. office, where he worked with other state offices and Congress on legislation addressing criminal justice and immigration issues.  Robert returned to United States Senator Larry Pressler's office as Legislative Director in February 1995 and served in that position until January 1997. Besides resuming his duties as senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Pressler, Mr. Hoffman worked to develop and advance a legislative agenda that included the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Robert Hoffman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland.  At UCLA, Robert graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and received the UCLA Political Science Department's highest honor, the Sylvia Greenfield Award, for his senior honors thesis, Judicial Restraint - Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the U.S. Supreme Court (1981-87). At UCLA, Mr. Hoffman served as President of the UCLA Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the UCLA Political Science Honor Society, wrote an opinion column for the UCLA Daily Bruin, and was Editor-in-Chief of the 1988 edition of Politicus, the UCLA Undergraduate Journal of Political Science.   Robert currently serves as Executive Vice Chair of the Board of the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, a nonprofit organization that supports rehabilitation and education programs at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Recent Events

October 8, 2008

ITIF will host a forum to discuss the release of a major new report Digital Quality of Life: Understanding the Personal and Social Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution, a companion to the 2007 report Digital Prosperity.