Peter M. Weichlein
Since 2003, Peter M. Weichlein has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. In this position, Mr. Weichlein plans and directs all policies, objectives, and initiatives for the association and oversees a staff of five to implement the Association’s programming. He is responsible for the development, promotion, and operations of the organization and ensures all activities support the focus of the organization. In addition, he is responsible for the Association’s fundraising and manages the organization’s budget. Mr. Weichlein represents FMC in the community and serves as its spokesperson. He liaises with FMC’s executive committee on a monthly basis and reports to the Association’s Board of Directors twice a year.
Mr. Weichlein holds two BAs from the Pennsylvania State University. He attended law school at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, where he spent four semesters studying European and German civil and public law. He completed his legal studies in Washington, D.C., graduating from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, cum laude in 1998. While attending law school full-time, Peter Weichlein worked part-time as a law clerk for Senator Chuck Grassley’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. Upon passing the Maryland Bar Examination, Mr. Weichlein became an Assistant Counsel to the Subcommittee.
Peter Weichlein joined FMC in 1999 as Program Officer for the Congressional Study Group on Germany. Within a year he was promoted Program Director, overseeing all international activities of FMC. In 2003, he succeeded Linda Reed as Executive Director of the Association. In 2005 Mr. Weichlein was instrumental in the creation of the International Election Monitors Institute (IEMI). He has served as its Executive Director pro bono since its founding. IEMI is a collaboration of the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, the Association of Former Members of the European Parliament, and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. IEMI has three objectives: 1) to train former legislators from Canada, Europe and the United States in internationally recognized election observation techniques and rules of conduct; 2) to have its cadre of trained observers participate in election monitoring missions worldwide; and 3) to involve the unique expertise of former parliamentarians in democracy strengthening projects following a country’s election.
Contact Peter M. Weichlein: pweichlein -at- usafmc (dot) org