The Federal Election Commission elected a new chair, Ellen Weintraub, and vice chair, Donald McGahn II, yesterday to lead the six-person body in 2013.
Weintraub, who served as vice chair last year, first joined the commission in 2002. She previously served as chair in 2003. Before she was appointed to the commission, Weintraub was of counsel to Perkins Coie in the firm's political law group and had worked as a litigator at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.
Prior to going into private practice at Perkins, Weintraub served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, also known as the House Ethics Committee.
McGahn was appointed to the commission in 2008 and served as chair for several months that year. Before his appointment, he ran Washington-based McGahn & Associates, where he specialized in election law. He served as general counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee and counsel for the Illinois Republican Party.
McGahn also practiced at Patton Boggs.