Bart Chilton

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Bart Chilton was sworn in as CFTC Commissioner in August. He was formerly the chief of staff and vice president for government relations at the National Farmers Union, one of the oldest and largest U.S. trade associations.


In 2005, Chilton was a Schedule C political appointee of President Bush at the U.S. Farm Credit Administration where he served as an executive assistant to the board. From 2001-2005, he was a senior advisor to Senator Tom Daschle, Democrat leader of the U.S. Senate, where he worked on issues including, but not limited to, agriculture and transportation policy.


From 1995-2001, Chilton was a Schedule C political appointee of President Clinton where he rose to deputy chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. In this role, he became a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), government executives selected for their leadership qualifications to serve in the key positions just below the top Presidential appointees. As an SES member, Chilton served as a major link between Secretary Glickman and the rest of the federal work force at USDA.


From 1985-1995, he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as legislative director for three different members of Congress on Capitol Hill. He also worked in the U.S. House as the executive director of the bipartisan Congressional Rural Caucus.


Chilton previously served on the board of directors of Bion Environmental Technologies, and the Association of Family Farms – where he also served on the executive committee and as Treasurer.


Chilton attended Purdue University (1979-1982), studying political science and communications and was a collegiate leader of several organizations.


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