Steven T. Walther (born July 18, 1943)[1] is a member of the United States Federal Election Commission and its former chair.

Steven Walther
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Member of the Federal Election Commission
Assumed office
June 27, 2008
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byScott Thomas
Personal details
Born (1943-07-18) July 18, 1943 (age 76)
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Political partyIndependent
EducationUniversity of Notre Dame (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (JD)

He was first sworn in as a Commissioner on January 10, 2006, as a recess appointee. Although his name was placed before the Senate for confirmation in June, 2007, his recess term expired on December 31, 2007, before the Senate acted. On June 24, 2008, he was confirmed unanimously by the Senate and sworn in on June 27 as a Commissioner, to resume the balance of his statutory term.

Prior to joining the FEC as a Commissioner, Mr. Walther practiced law in the Reno, Nevada law firm of Walther, Key, Maupin, Oats, Cox & LeGoy, now known as Maupin, Cox & LeGoy which he co-founded in 1972.

During his legal career Mr. Walther has been active in professional legal and judicial organizations and activities, as well as numerous civic activities. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association and currently serves as co-chair of the ABA Center for Human Rights. He has been active in ABA initiatives focusing on international relations, human rights and the rule of law. He was appointed by the ABA President to serve as the ABA Representative to the United Nations. He served on the Executive Board of the ABA Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), which oversees the ABA’s democracy building programs in over 21 countries–programs which promote development of fair and open election laws. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees and lecturer for the National Judicial College, both in the United States and in Russia. Mr. Walther has lectured extensively, both domestically and internationally (principally in Russia), on rule of law, human rights, litigation and international law issues. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the International Bar Association.

Mr. Walther is a former president of the State Bar of Nevada, the Western States Bar Conference, and the National Caucus of State Bar Associations. He is a past chair of the 6,000 member Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, the legal research arm of the ABA. From 1971 until his FEC appointment, Mr. Walther served as a member of the Nevada State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

He received his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley in 1968, and recently served as president of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association. He received his undergraduate degree, with a major in Russian, from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, in 1965.[2]


  1. ^ "The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory". Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, Incorporated. 1 January 1994. Retrieved 3 January 2017 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Steven T. Walther Official Biography". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved 2009-05-05.