Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration for eight years, as undersecretary of Education and chief domestic policy advisor. After leaving the Reagan White House, Bauer became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. Bauer took his pro-family, pro-life message across the country during the 2000 Republican presidential primaries and debates. Today, Bauer serves as a Chairman of Campaign for Working Families PAC, dedicated to electing conservative candidates to Congress, and as President of American Values, an educational nonprofit organization.
In 1973, Bauer received his law degree from Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. He is married to the former Carol Hoke, and lives in Virginia. He and Carol have three grown children.