Commissioner, July 1998 - July 2008 (Reappointed in January 2006)
David M. Mason was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President William Clinton on March 4, 1998 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 30, 1998. He was nominated for a second term by President George W. Bush on December 19, 2005. He served as a member of the Commission’s Finance Committee.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mason was Senior Fellow in Congressional Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He joined Heritage in 1990 and served at various times as Director of Executive Branch Liaison, Director of the Foundation’s U.S. Congress Assessment Project, and Vice President, Government Relations.
Commissioner Mason served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, where he managed the Pentagon’s relations with the U.S. House of Representatives. One of his major accomplishments there was guiding base closing legislation to a successful conclusion.
He has served on Capitol Hill, as a Legislative Assistant to Senator John Warner, Legislative Director to Representative Tom Bliley, and Staff Director to then-House Republican Whip Trent Lott. He was active as a staffer and volunteer in numerous Congressional, Senate, Gubernatorial and Presidential campaigns, and was himself the Republican nominee for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 48th District in 1982.
Commissioner Mason attended Lynchburg College in Virginia and graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in California. He was active in political and community affairs in northern Virginia and in the home education movement nationally.
CURRENT APPOINTMENT: March 4, 1998, by President Clinton
SENATE CONFIRMATION: July 30, 1998
SWORN IN: August 6, 1998, by Circuit Judge J. Michael Luttig
TERM: April 30, 2003