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Commissioners

Tony Perkins, Chair
Appointed by
: Honorable Mitch McConnell (R), Senate Majority Leader, for a term expiring in May 2020.
Tony Perkins has served as the president of the Family Research Council (FRC), a religious public policy organization that provides research and advocacy on issues related to religious freedom, since 2003. Before joining FRC, he was a representative in the Louisiana Legislature, to which he was elected in 1996. Tony Perkins's full bio here.
 
 
 
 

 

Gayle Manchin, Vice Chair
Appointed by:
 Honorable Charles Schumer (D), Senate Minority Leader, for a term expiring in May 2020.
Gayle Manchin is the former First Lady of West Virginia, where she served as the official hostess of the Governor's Mansion and an advocate for West Virginia children and families. She has spoken both at a state and national level on challenges of rural education, poverty, and the responsibility and accountability of teachers, principals, students and parents in raising student achievement. Gayle Manchin's full bio here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gary L. Bauer, Commissioner
Appointed by: President Donald J. Trump, for a term expiring in May 2021. 
Gary L. Bauer currently serves as President of American Values, a public policy think tank, and as Washington Director of Christians United for Israel Action Fund. He held several positions in the administration of President Ronald Reagan. He was Deputy Under Secretary of Education from 1982-1985 and Under Secretary of Education from 1985-1987.  He then was appointed Assistant to the President for Policy Development, a position he held until January 1989. After leaving the Reagan White House, Gary Bauer served as a Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family and President of the Family Research Council. Gary Bauer's full bio here.

 

Anurima Bhargava, Commissioner
Appointed by: Honorable Nancy Pelosi (D), House Leader, for a term expiring in May 2020.  

Anurima Bhargava is a civil rights lawyer with extensive experience in various roles advocating for members of underrepresented communities. Before founding Anthem of Us, where she currently serves as President, Bhargava was the Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she led the Division’s efforts to provide equal educational opportunities for all students. Anurima Bhargava's full bio here.

 

James W. Carr, Commissioner
Appointed by: Honorable Kevin McCarthy (R), House Minority Leaderfor a term expiring in May 2020. 

Dr. James W. Carr is currently President and Chairman of Highland Home Holdings an investment fund. Before retirement in 2019, he had served as Executive Vice President and Professor of Business of Harding University. for 25 years. In 2005, Jim was nominated by George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to an appointment on The National Security Education Board. James W. Carr's full bio here.

 
 
 
 

Nury Turkel, Commissioner
Appointed byHonorable Nancy Pelosi (D), House Leader, for a term expiring in May 2022.
Nury Turkel is a lawyer and Uyghur rights advocate. He has served as the president of the Uyghur American Association, where he led efforts to raise the profile of the Uyghur people in the United States, including organizing and leading the campaign to obtain the release of a Uyghur prisoner of conscience, Ms. Rebiya Kadeer, in March 2005. In addition, Turkel was co-founder, the first Executive Director, and Board Chair of the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP). Nury Turkel's full bio here.