Robert Hunter leads the Mackinac Center for Public Policy's labor policy initiative to research critical labor issues and educate key Michigan audiences including elected officials, policy makers, labor and business executives, and opinion leaders. He joined the full-time Mackinac Center staff in 1996.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Hunter to the National Labor Relations Board in 1981, where he adjudicated more than 3,000 labor law cases. Hunter has served as chief counsel to the U. S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and as chief legislative staffer for U. S. Senators Robert Taft and Orrin Hatch.

Hunter was a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Business School. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and his Master of Laws degree in Labor Law from the New York University School of Law.

Michigan Governor John Engler appointed Hunter to the State Civil Service Commission in 1996.

He is the author of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy studies Compulsory Union Dues in Michigan and Paycheck Protection in Michigan.