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Cynthia L. Bauerly

Cynthia L. Bauerly joined the Federal Election 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. She left the Commission on February 1, 2013.

Commissioner Bauerly has extensive experience in law and public policy, particularly in the areas of election administration, campaign finance, ethics reform, technology, and intellectual property. Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Ms. Bauerly served as Legislative Director for United States Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York. She previously served as counsel on the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committees.

Commissioner Bauerly has also worked in private practice in Minnesota and Washington, D.C., specializing in complex litigation and appellate law, with a focus on intellectual property. 

Originally from Minnesota, Commissioner Bauerly is a summa cum laude graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. She 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. She 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.

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