Senate Confirms Three Commissioners To The Election Assistance Commission

By David Bruggeman
December 31, 2014

For several months the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has been without any Commissioners.  In December the Senate confirmed three nominees as Commissioners: Thomas Hicks, Matthew Masterson and Christy McCormick.  This marks the first time in years that the Commission will have a quorum.

Each of the new commissioners has years of experience with federal elections law.  Hicks is currently the Senior Elections Counsel for the Committee on House Administration, Masterson is Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Information Officer to the Ohio Secretary of State (and worked at the EAC prior to that), and McCormick is a Senior Trial Attorney with the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

One commissioner vacancy remains.  The Administration nominated Matthew Butler in December (another nominee had withdrawn), but there was not enough time for a confirmation hearing prior to the end of Congress.