Since 2003, Peter M. Weichlein has served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). FMC celebrates bipartisanship and a collaborative approach to legislating, reconnects citizens with its representative governments, is an advocate on behalf of a better functioning Article 1 branch, and actively engages former Members in civic education. In addition, FMC offers current Members the opportunity to exchange best practices with colleagues overseas via The Congressional Study Groups – three independent, bipartisan legislative exchanges between current Members of Congress and their counterparts abroad. As CEO, Mr. Weichlein plans and directs all policies, objectives, and initiatives for the Association and oversees a staff of ten. He is responsible for the development, promotion, and operations of the organization and ensures that 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 to the public, the media and Congress.
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, DC, graduating from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, cum laude in 1998. While attending law school full-time, he 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 on the Subcommittee, focusing primarily on bankruptcy reform. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Mr. Weichlein worked as an attorney on the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton.
Mr. Weichlein joined FMC in 1999 as Program Officer for the Congressional Study Group on Germany. Within a year he was promoted to Program Director, overseeing all international activities of FMC. In 2003, he succeeded Linda Reed as Chief Executive Officer of the Association. Mr. Weichlein was instrumental in the substantial expansion of FMC’s staff, budget and programming. He resides in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria, VA, with his wife and three daughters.