Representative Lee Hamilton
Lee Hamilton, Congressman from Indiana for 34 years, is the founder and President of the Center on Congress, formed to enhance the public's knowledge of the Congress's strengths and weaknesses, and its impact on the lives of ordinary people.
He was Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress and worked to promote integrity and efficiency in the institution.
President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1999 – 2010, he is noted for his leadership in foreign policy and security issues. Currently he serves on the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council and the CIA External Advisory Board.
Representative Hamilton received the Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2015.
Trevor Potter is a former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. He served as general counsel to John McCain's 2008 and 2000 presidential campaigns. He is the founding President of the Campaign Legal Center (CLC). CLC works in administrative, legislative and legal proceedings to shape our nation's laws and policies so that the right to have a voice in our free and democratic society remains the foundation of our political system.
To many, he is perhaps best known for his appearances on the Colbert Report as the lawyer for Stephen Colbert's Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, during the 2012 election.
Trevor Potter received a prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur grant for the Voting Right Institute, a project of the Campaign Legal Center.
Cynthia Canary, Moderator
Cynthia Canary is a nonprofit management and policy consultant. She is an advisor to the Committee for Economic Development's Democratic Institutions Project. Canary served as Chair of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Task Force on Ethics, which culminated in the enactment of the City's first ordinance on ethics in 25 years. She was the founding Executive Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform from 1997 to 2011. Previously she was the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Illinois.