Dominic Rennie Raab was born on 25 February 1974 in Buckingham shire. He is the son of Jean, a clothes buyer, and Peter Raab, a food manager for Marks & Spencer.
His father, who was Jewish, came to Britain from Czechoslovakia in 1938 at age six, when his family decided to flee because the Munich Agreement gave the Sudetenland part of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany.
Raab was brought up in his English mother’s faith, in the Church of England. He grew up in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. Raab was twelve years old when his father died of cancer.
Raab attended Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham, and spent a brief period as a volunteer on Kibbutz Sarid before studying law at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where he had a room on the same corridor as future Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman.
Raab spent his time at Oxford “doing a lot of karate” captained the university karate team, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Jurisprudence. He then pursued further studies at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he won the Clive Parry Prize for International Law, and took a Master of Laws degree.
In 2018, Raab was promoted to Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union following the resignation of David Davis. Two weeks later, May deputized Raab to negotiate Britain’s departure from the European Union, leaving him to oversee domestic preparations instead. Four months later, Raab resigned as Brexit Secretary in opposition to May’s draft Brexit withdrawal agreement.