Austin attorney Trainor nominated to federal elections post

AUSTIN — Austin attorney Trey Trainor, a politically connected heavyweight on election law and campaign finance, has been nominated to serve on the Federal Election Commission.

The nomination by President Trump must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Trainor, who has served as the longtime attorney for the conservative non-profit Empower Texans in their long-running fight with the Texas Ethics Commission over public disclosure of their donors, served as the general counsel to the Republican National Committee’s platform committee that helped stop an anti-Trump uprising at the national convention in Cleveland.

After Trump took office in January, Trainor worked at the Pentagon as a special assistant to the secretary of defense in the general counsel’s office, officials said. In recent months, he has worked as the assistant general counsel to the Republican Party of Texas.

In announcing the nomination, the White House said Trainor would serve the remainder of a 6-year term The six-member commission that oversees election and campaign-law issues has one vacancy.

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