President Nominates Trey Trainor for FEC Commissioner - State and Federal Communications

September 14, 2017  •  

President Nominates Trey Trainor for FEC Commissioner

On September 12, President Donald J. Trump nominated Trey Trainor to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Trainor is a lawyer licensed in Texas who specializes in election law, campaign finance, and ethics. Trainor previously served in the president’s administration as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, in the Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel.

Last week it was announced Commissioner Matthew Spencer Petersen would be stepping down after being nominated by the president to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

With the appointment of Trainor, and with Petersen’s absence, there will be three registered members of the Republican Party, one registered member of the Democratic Party, and one Independent, Chairman Steven T. Walther. One seat still remains vacant. The FEC requires at least four commissioners to agree for any official action.

To become a commissioner, Trainor must now be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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