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FEC elects Caroline Hunter as Chair for 2018; Ellen Weintraub to serve as Vice Chair

December 15, 2017

WASHINGTON – At its open meeting yesterday, the Federal Election Commission elected Caroline C. Hunter and Ellen L. Weintraub as Chair and Vice Chair for 2018.  

Prior to her appointment to the Commission in 2008, Ms. Hunter served as Vice Chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. She served previously as deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison from January to October 2006 and as executive officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman.

From 2001 to 2005 she was associate counsel and then deputy counsel at the Republican National Committee, where she provided guidance on election law and the implementation of the Help America Vote Act.

Ms. Hunter graduated cum laude from the University of Memphis School of Law and received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Ms. Weintraub first joined the Commission in 2002. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Weintraub was Of Counsel to Perkins Coie LLP and a member of its Political Law Group. There, she counseled clients on federal and state campaign finance and election laws, political ethics, nonprofit law, recounts, and lobbying regulation. Before joining Perkins Coie, Ms. Weintraub was Counsel to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct for the U.S. House of Representatives (the House Ethics Committee).

Ms. Weintraub received her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. A native New Yorker, she is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars and the Supreme Court bar.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.