Democrats Pay Tribute to Anne Wexler at 2012 Convention
The Democratic National Committee paid homage to our founder, the late Anne Wexler, during the party's 2012 national convention in Charlotte, NC. Our beloved Anne was among those remembered as part of a six minute video to all those who passed away since the last convention. (Note: Ms. Wexler appears near the 5:50 minute mark).
December 23, 2009
The New York Times Magazine
"The Lives They Lived, 2009"
Anne Wexler: Superlobbyist
The young idealists of both the McGovernite left and the Goldwater right had arrived in Washington vowing to reform it, but by the time Anne Wexler died, they had become, instead, their own kind of establishment — a ruling class of consultants and lobbyists and celebrity pundits every bit as immovable as the machine bosses and Brahmin lawyers of another era. As Wexler herself might have pointed out, she didn’t do anything her male contemporaries hadn’t done. She was simply better at it.
Power Broker Founded First Major D.C. Lobbying Firm Led by a Woman
Anne Wexler, a well-connected political power broker who founded the first major Washington lobbying firm to be led by a woman, and who was considered one of the capital's most influential lobbyists, died Aug. 7 of cancer at her home in the District. She was 79.
The first sentences in her various obituaries inevitably refer to Anne Wexler as "an influential power broker" or a "powerful lobbyist," which I suppose sends signals of a certain sort into the blogosphere. But I never thought of Anne that way, even though she was one of the more powerful women in Washington. She was a mentor, a surrogate mom, a great friend, a woman of strength and honor, a total delight.
Statement from former United States President Jimmy Carter on Anne Wexler
Atlanta, Ga. Anne Wexler was a remarkably effective public servant. She had a wonderful ability to understand a multitude of different ethnic or other special groups and to deal with them in a beneficial and enlightened way. She served our nation in an exemplary way, and after leaving the White House Anne continued to use her special talents as one of the most successful lobbyists in Washington. Her integrity brought a good image to her often criticized profession.
August 8, 2009
Anne Wexler, an Influential Political Operative and Lobbyist, Is Dead at 79
Anne Wexler, who did just about everything in politics except run for office — from licking envelopes to running Democratic campaigns to serving as a top aide in the Carter White House before becoming an influential Washington lobbyist — died on Friday. She was 79.
Anne Wexler, a former Carter administration official long considered one of the most powerful and well-connected Democratic lobbyists in Washington, passed away Friday after a long battle with cancer. She was 79.