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  • FEC Record: Commission

FEC elects Chair and Vice Chair for 2011

January 3, 2011

Cynthia L. BauerlyCaroline C. Hunter HeadshotThe Commission on December 16, 2010, elected Cynthia L. Bauerly as Chair and Caroline C. Hunter as Vice Chair for 2011. Both were nominated to the Commission by President George W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on June 24, 2008. 

Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Bauerly served as Legislative Director for United States Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, where she managed policy staff, implemented the legislative agenda and advised the Senator on floor strategy, campaign finance and ethics policy. She previously served as Counsel on the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committees, focusing on election reform, campaign finance, technology, telecommunications, intellectual property, antitrust law, legal process reform, immigration and ethics. 

Chair Bauerly has also worked in private practice in Minnesota and Washington specializing in complex litigation and appellate law, with a focus on intellectual property. She previously 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. 

Originally from Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Chair Bauerly 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. Chair Bauerly is a summa cum laude graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Prior to her appointment to the Commission, Vice Chair Hunter served as the Vice Chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. She previously served as Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison, and before that she served as Executive Officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman. 

From 2001 to 2005, Vice Chair Hunter 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. Vice Chair Hunter graduated cum laude from the University of Memphis School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University.