Cleta Mitchell is an attorney with almost 50 years of experience in law, politics and public policy, advising nonprofit and issue organizations, corporations, candidates, campaigns, and individuals on state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and financial disclosure. Since leaving the active practice of law in 2021, Ms. Mitchell has served as the Senior Legal Fellow at the Conservative Partnership Institute in Washington, DC, where she founded the Election Integrity Network, training and mobilizing thousands of citizens to become involved in supporting the rule of law in elections. In 2023, Ms. Mitchell founded and chairs the Foundation for Accountability and Integrity in Elections Fund, the FAIR Elections Fund.
In 2012, National Journal named her one of Washington’s 25 Most Influential Women. Ms. Mitchell was a teaching fellow at the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1981 and was the Shapiro Fellow at the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University in 2001. Ms. Mitchell served on the advisory council to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Election Law and as an advisor on the American Law Institute's Election Law Project entitled, “Principles of Election Law: Dispute Resolution.” In 2016 she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. Ms. Mitchell serves on the board of directors of The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Ms. Mitchell was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1976-1984 where she chaired the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.