Daniel I. Weiner

Senior Counsel

Daniel I. Weiner serves as Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where he works on money in politics and other democracy reform issues, including redistricting and fair courts. He is the author or co-author of several nationally-recognized reports, including Stronger Parties, Stronger Democracy: Rethinking Reform and Citizens United Five Years Later, as well as a recent law review article, Electoral Integrity in Campaign Finance Law. Mr. Weiner writes and comments regularly on election law issues, including for the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, the Daily Beast, U.S. News & World Report, Time, Politico, and The Hill, among other outlets.

Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Mr. Weiner served as Senior Counsel to Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub at the Federal Election Commission, including during her term as Chair of the Commission in 2013. In this role, Mr. Weiner assisted the Commissioner with her duties in managing the agency, and advised her on a broad array of issues under the First Amendment, the Federal Election Campaign Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. Before his service at the FEC, Mr. Weiner was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, LLP.  At Jenner, Mr. Weiner counseled a wide variety of clients and litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels, including as a member of the firm’s Election Law and Redistricting practice group. He also maintained an active pro bono practice focused particularly on LGBT rights.

Mr. Weiner received his J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2005. He was an Executive Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review and co-Articles Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. After law school, Mr. Weiner clerked for the Honorable Diana E. Murphy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2001.