Commissioner Potter was confirmed by the Senate as a Commissioner in November of 1991. He served as Vice Chairman of the Commission's Finance Committee and Chairman of its Regulations Task Force during 1992. He was elected Commission Vice Chairman for 1993 and Chairman for 1994.
Before his appointment, Mr. Potter specialized in campaign and election law as a partner in a Washington, DC law firm. His previous experience in government includes serving as Assistant General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission from 1984 to 1985 and as a Department of Justice attorney from 1982 to 1984.
Mr. Potter graduated from Harvard College. He earned his J.D. degree at the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Virginia Journal of International Law and was a member of the order of the Coif. He served as vice chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Election Law, Administrative Law Section.