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  • Press Release

Thomasenia Duncan Named General Counsel

May 9, 2007


For Immediate Release                                                                               Contact: Bob Biersack
May 9, 2007                                                                                                          George Smaragdis
                                                                                                                              Michelle Ryan



WASHINGTON – The Federal Election Commission (FEC) announced today that Thomasenia (Tommie) Duncan has been selected to serve as the Commission’s General Counsel. “We’re very happy to announce that Tommie has agreed to serve as General Counsel,” said Commission Chairman Robert Lenhard.  “We are confident that she has the legal skills and leadership abilities needed to help lead this agency.” 

Ms. Duncan has been serving as Acting General Counsel since February 2007 when Lawrence H. Norton stepped down to enter private law practice.

“I’m honored by the confidence the Commission has shown in selecting me,” said Ms. Duncan, “and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with our excellent staff  to fulfill the Commission’s mission.”

Prior to her appointment as Acting General Counsel Ms. Duncan was FEC Associate General Counsel for General Law and Advice. Before joining the FEC in February of 2004, Ms. Duncan was General Counsel for America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth.  She also has had a distinguished career in government service.  She worked as Senior Legal Advisor to the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; General Counsel of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and Acting Deputy Solicitor and Special Assistant to the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor.  She began the practice of law with the firm Covington and Burling LLP.

Ms. Duncan is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and also attended Yale University Law School.

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, 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.

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