The six Commissioners, no more than three of whom may represent the same political party, are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
Commissioners serve six-year, alternating terms, which expire in odd-numbered years. Commissioners serving expired terms may choose to remain until they are replaced.
The affirmative vote of four members of the Commission is required for the Commission to take any action.
The Chairman for calendar year 2017 is Steven T. Walther. Caroline C. Hunter serves as Vice Chair.
|Commissioner||Nominated by||Term expiring||Replaced|
|Lee E. Goodman||President Obama on June 21, 2013||April 30, 2015||Commissioner Donald F. McGahn II|
|Caroline C. Hunter||President Bush on May 6, 2008||April 30, 2013||Commissioner Michael E. Toner|
|Matthew S. Petersen||President Bush on June 12, 2008||April 30, 2011||Commissioner Hans A. von Spakovsky|
|Steven T. Walther||President Bush on December 16, 2005. He served as a recess appointee on the Commission from January 2006 through December 2007.||April 30, 2009||Commissioner Scott E. Thomas|
|Ellen L. Weintraub||December 9, 2002||April 30, 2007|