President Obama on Friday chose his first nominees in four years to the politically gridlocked Federal Election Commission, planning to tap the head of the California Fair Political Practices Commission and a veteran Washington election law attorney to fill longtime openings on the six-person panel.
The White House said the president intends to nominate Democratic elections watchdog Ann Ravel to fill the spot vacated by Cynthia L. Bauerly, who stepped down in February, and Republican lawyer Lee E. Goodman of the firm LeClairRyan to replace Commissioner Donald F. McGahn, whose term expired in April 2009.
Both nominations require Senate confirmation.
All current commissioners are serving expired terms, a situation that has galled advocates of tougher campaign finance rules, who have repeatedly called on the president to nominate new members.
Obama’s only previous FEC nominee, labor attorney John Sullivan, withdrew his name in August 2010 after his confirmation stalled in the Senate for more than a year.