Cynthia L. Bauerly joined the Commission in 2008 after her appointment received the unanimous consent of the United States Senate. She served as the Commission’s Chair during 2011 and as the Commission's Vice Chair for the year 2010.
Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Bauerly served as Legislative Director for United States Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York where she managed policy staff, implemented the legislative agenda, and advised the Senator on floor strategy, campaign finance and ethics policy. She previously served as counsel on the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committees focusing on election reform, campaign finance, technology, telecommunications, intellectual property, antitrust law, legal process reform, immigration, and ethics.
Commissioner Bauerly has also worked in private practice in Minnesota and Washington specializing in complex litigation and appellate law, with a focus on intellectual property. She previously served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Florence-Marie Cooper of the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the Honorable Theodore R. Boehm of the Indiana Supreme Court.
Originally from Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Commissioner Bauerly graduated cum laude from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington and received a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University's School of Environmental and Public Affairs. Ms. Bauerly is a summa cum laude graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
|NOMINATED:||May 6, 2008|
|SENATE CONFIRMATION:||June 24, 2008|
|SWORN IN:||June 26, 2008, by FEC Vice Chair Ellen Weintraub|
|TERM:||April 30, 2011|