Robert was elected Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney in November, 2015.
From 2008-2012, Robert served as Special Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Charlottesville Division. He assisted in prosecuting cases relating to crimes against children, computer crimes, financial services fraud, public corruption, narcotics distribution, criminal offenses within the George Washington National Parkway, unlawful possession of firearms, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, murder for hire, and other matters. He also drafted responses to criminal appellate briefs and reviewed petitions for habeas relief and other matters.
Before being appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney in Charlottesville, Robert served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice. In this senior executive position, he helped secure congressional passage of the Protect America Act of 2007, the Genocide Accountability Act of 2007, the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008, the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2008, and other key legislation.
After graduating from law school in 1999, Robert served as Counsel, then Chief Legislative Counsel and Parliamentarian to the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. In this capacity, he served as Counsel to the Committee on a broad range of issues, including the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Innocence Protection Act of 2004, the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, and other major criminal justice reforms.
Before being elected Commonwealth’s Attorney, Robert assisted the University of Virginia Health System on a range of government relations and policy matters.
A first generation American, Robert is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois College of Law. He is married to Dr. Margaret Clarke Tracci, Associate Professor, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Margaret is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Illinois Schools of Medicine and Law.