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Leadership and structure

The FEC is an independent, regulatory agency with more than 300 employees. It's led by six Commissioners.


Commissioners are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

By law, no more than three Commissioners can represent the same political party, and at least four votes are required for any official Commission action. This structure was created to encourage nonpartisan decisions.

Commissioners serve in staggered six-year terms; two seats are subject to appointment every two years. The Chair of the Commission changes every year, with no member serving more than once per term.

The Commission meets in closed sessions to discuss matters that, by law, must remain confidential, and in public to formulate policy and vote on legal and administrative matters.


Headshot of Sean J. Cooksey
Headshot of Ellen L. Weintraub
Vice Chair
Headshot of Allen Dickerson
Headshot of Dara Lindenbaum

All Commissioners »

Biographical information is available for most current and former Commissioners. For those who served after 2003, some selected documents (like statements, articles and speeches) are also available.

Agency structure

The FEC’s organizational chart is a diagram of agency offices and their leadership.

Commission directives and policy

These official procedures and policies have been approved by the Commission.

Anti-Harassment Policy

Directive 32 | PDF

Audit Follow-Up

Directive 50 | PDF

Circulation Authority; Agenda Deadline Procedures

Directive 17 | PDF

Circulation Authority; Invitation Policy

Directive 30 | PDF

Circulation Vote Procedures

Directive 52 | PDF

Commission Approval of Computer Produced Schedules of Itemized Receipts and Disbursements

Directive 37 | PDF

Commissioners’ Staff HR Procedures

Directive 64 | PDF

Confidentiality Requirements of the Act

Directive 31 | PDF

Convention and General Election Certification Procedures

Directive 23 | PDF

Designation of Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Agency Official for Privacy

Directive 65 | PDF

Electronic Records, Software and Computer Usage

Directive 58 | PDF

Enforcement Procedures

Directive 68 | PDF

Handling of Internally Generated Matters

Directive 06 | PDF

Implementation of OMB Circular A-123: Internal Control Review

Directive 53 | PDF

Important Correspondence from Presidential Campaigns Certifying that the Candidate Will Not be Active in a Primary Election

Directive 28 | PDF

Internal Procedures Related to Public Financing of Presidential Primary Candidates

Directive 24 | PDF

Investigations Conducted by the Office of General Counsel; Enforcement Investigative Plans

Directive 74 | PDF

Legal Guidance to the Office of Compliance Directive

Directive 69 | PDF

Maintenance of Official Paper Documents Filed by Reporting Entities

Directive 27 | PDF

Non-Filer Policy and Procedures

Directive 01 | PDF

Policy Regarding New and Outgoing Commissioner’s Compliance Papers

Directive 20 | PDF

Procedures For Requesting Prior Approval For Outside Employment Pursuant to 5 CFR Part 4701

Directive 73 | PDF

Procedures to Implement FEC Duties and Responsibilities Under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as Amended, with Respect to Candidates for Federal Office

Directive 21 | PDF

Procedures to Implement FEC Duties and Responsibilities Under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended, with Respect to Public and Confidential Financial Disclosure by Commission Employees

Directive 56 | PDF

Processing Audit Reports Directive

Directive 70 | PDF

Prompt Processing of Disclosure Reports

Directive 14 | PDF

Pseudonym Lists

Directive 29 | PDF

Public Records Procedures for Informing the Public of Section 104.13 of the FEC Regulations and 2 USC 438(a)(4)

Directive 07 | PDF

Records Management Directive

Directive 71 | PDF

Rules of Procedure of the Federal Election Commission Pursuant to 2 USC 437c(e)

Directive 10 | PDF