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Hon. Ellen L. Weintraub

Federal Election Commission
Commissioner
Washington, DC, USA


Ellen L. Weintraub is Chair of the Federal Election Commission.  She was sworn in as a commissioner on December 9, 2002 and previously served as Chair in 2003.  

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 laws, political ethics, non-profit law, and lobbying regulation.  Before joining Perkins Coie, Ms. Weintraub was Counsel to the Ethics Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.  At the Committee, Ms. Weintraub focused on implementing the Ethics Reform Act of 1989 and subsequent changes to the House Code of Official Conduct.  She served as editor in chief of the House Ethics Manual and as a principal contributor to the first Senate Ethics Manual.  Chair Weintraub frequently speaks and writes about campaign finance, political ethics, and governance.  She has presented at numerous past PLIs.

Chair Weintraub was born in New York and received her B.A., cum laude, from Yale College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.  

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