Rob Lauer

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Rob Lauer
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Former candidate for
Nevada Secretary of State
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southern California
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Date of birthApril 6, 1970
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Robert Lelie Lauer (born April 6, 1970) is a Las Vegas business owner. On February 13, 2010, he announced his candidacy for the statewide office of secretary of state, challenging Democratic incumbent Ross Miller in the general election.[1] Nine months later, however, Lauer lost in the general election on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 to Democratic incumbent Ross Miller after receiving a little over thirty-seven percent of the vote.


In the midst of his pursuit of his undergraduate degree, Lauer interned for Congressman Duncan Hunter in Washington D.C. He later served as a member of the Advance Team for President George H.W. Bush during his failed 1992 re-election campaign. Lauer served as a cadet in the United States Army Reserves until 1993 when budget cuts forced an end to his military career. Soon after this, he founded Lauer Properties, a real estate company, and pursued a living in commercial and residential development. In 2005, Lauer enlisted in the United States Army and joined the 314th MP company. Three years later, he volunteered to serve in Iraq, but was ultimately sent home as a result of a back injury.


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Southern California in political science
  • Graduate of the US Army Military Police School, November 2006



See also: Nevada Secretary of State election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
  • Rob Lauer ran unopposed in this contest
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election[2]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Ross Miller 53.2%
     Republican Party Rob Lauer 37.3%
     American Independent Party John Wagner 6.0%
     None of these candidates 3.6%
Total Votes 703,513

Campaign donors


According to Follow the Money, Lauer raised $190,845 in 2010 for his secretary of state campaign.[3]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Robert Lauer $165,357
Robert Henci $2,710
Steven Nohrden $2,000
John Gibson $2,000
Maurice Gallagher $1,000


Battery charge

In the summer of 2010, a criminal complaint was filed against Lauer for allegedly assaulting a 46-year-old woman at a Republican fundraising event. Jennifer Von Tobel reportedly suffered a sprained wrist and inflamed shoulder after an incident at Stoney's Bar in Las Vegas on June 4, 2010, after which she applied for a restraining order against Lauer. Lauer denied the accusations and claimed to be demonstrating self defense moves to Von Tobel. He later filed a separate police report about the incident in which he accused Von Tobel of grabbing his right buttock and putting him in a headlock.[4]

According to the Clark County District Attorney's office, Lauer was ordered to appear in court on August 24 to face a misdemeanor battery charge.[4] In late 2011, the charges against Lauer were dismissed by Melanie Andress-Tobiasson, a Las Vegas justice of the peace.[5] In January of 2012, Lauer filed a libel and defamation lawsuit against Von Tobel claiming she "made numerous false, malicious and defamatory allegations to media outlets and to numerous Republican voters ... (and) exaggerated and lied about the events in order to cause damage to [Lauer's] personal and professional reputation."[6] Lauer sought "damages that are unspecified but that top $10,000 in the lawsuit."[6]

Von Tobel failed to respond to Lauer's lawsuit, and according to court records she defaulted on the lawsuit as of March 13, 2012. Though a judgement has not yet been made in the case, Lauer believes Von Tobel's default means he will be awarded the $50,000 in damages he was seeking. He noted "Although I won by default after giving her more than 50 days to respond when I was only required to give 20 days, I was very much looking forward to taking her deposition and cross-examining her."[7]

According to Lauer, the newspaper reporting the incident made false statements in their coverage. He asserted that Von Tobel was not injured and that no injury was proven in court, and contacted the paper to correct their statements.[8]

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