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Commissioners

The United States Commission on Civil Rights is composed of eight Commissioners: four appointed by the President and four by Congress. Not more than four members shall at any one time be of the same political party.

The President also designates the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson from among the Commission's members with the concurrence of a majority of the Commission's members.

The Commissioners serve 6-year terms. No Senate confirmation is required. The President may remove a member of the Commission only for neglect of duty or malfeasance in office.

 

Presidential Appointees

Catherine E. Lhamon (Chair)
Legal Affairs Secretary,
California Governor Gavin Newsom
Former Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,
U.S. Department of Education
Sacramento, CA
POLITICAL AFFILIATION: DEMOCRAT

VACANT (Vice Chair)

Debo P. Adegbile
Partner
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP
New York, New York
POLITICAL AFFILIATION: DEMOCRAT

Stephen Gilchrist
Chairman and CEO, South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce
Columbia, SC
POLITICAL AFFILIATION: REPUBLICAN

J. Christian Adams
President and General Counsel
Public Interest Legal Foundation
Alexandria, Virginia
POLITICAL AFFILIATION: REPUBLICAN

   Updated: September 02, 2020