And then there were four. . .

The six-member Federal Elections Commission (FEC) will soon be down to just four with Commissioner Lee Goodman’s announced resignation, effective February 16, 2018. That leaves Chair Caroline Hunter (R), Vice Chair Ellen Weintraub (D), Matthew Peterson (R) and Steven Walther (I). At least four votes are needed for the FEC to take any official action. President Trump announced the nomination of James “Trey” Trainor, a conservative Austin election attorney, last fall to fill a vacancy in a Republican-held seat that was expected to occur at that time. The vacancy left by Commissioner Ann Ravel’s (D) resignation in February 2017 remains unfilled.

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