Hans von Spakovsky
As a Senior Legal Fellow and Manager of the Civil Justice Reform Initiative in the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Hans von Spakovsky concentrates on voting, elections, campaign finance, civil justice and tort reform, civil rights, immigration enforcement, and government reform. He is the author, along with John Fund, of Who’s Counting? How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk (Encounter Books, August 2012).
Federal Election Commission – Mr. von Spakovsky was a Commissioner in 2006 and 2007 at the agency responsible for enforcing federal campaign finance laws for all congressional and presidential elections, including the presidential public funding program.
U.S. Department of Justice – He served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 2002 to 2005, where he provided expertise and advice on voting and election issues, including enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
U.S. Election Assistance Commission – He served as a member of the first Board of Advisors of the EAC, which advised the Commissioners on the administration of the Help America Vote Act.
Fairfax County Electoral Board – Mr. von Spakovsky is Vice Chairman of the county board responsible for administering elections in the largest county in Virginia. He formerly served for five years as a member of the Fulton County Registration and Election Board, the largest county, Georgia. He is also a former member of the Virginia Advisory Board to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Education - He is a 1984 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law and received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.
Hans von Spakovsky has a wide range of experience in civil rights, civil justice, immigration, and election-related issues, including campaign finance reform, voter fraud, enforcement of federal voting rights laws, election administration, and voting equipment standards. The Commission on Federal Election Reform organized by President Jimmy Carter and Secretary James Baker also sought his expertise, and he served on the Virginia Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
His series at PJ Media, “Every Single One,” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and he has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, National Review, and Human Events, and appeared on FOX News, CNN, and numerous radio shows. He has testified before state and Congressional legislative committees, as well as made presentations to organizations such as CPAC, the National Association of Secretaries of State, the National Association of State Election Directors, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the Federalist Society.
Prior to entering public service, Hans von Spakovsky worked for 17 years as a government affairs consultant, in a corporate legal department, and in private practice. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Centurion, a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating the scourge of human trafficking, as well as the Board of Advisors of True the Vote, a citizen group working to restore the integrity of the American election system.