A Distinguished Career
Nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gineen Bresso was appointed to the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) in 2008. As a Commissioner, Gineen worked with her colleagues to develop best practices in election administration, enhance the integrity of voting systems, and helped states comply with the 2002 Help America Vote Act. By 2009, Gineen served as the Chair of the EAC. In 2010, she observed early voting and election-day operations throughout Florida, which included Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.
In 2011, Gineen was re-nominated to a second term by President Obama. After gaining insights of what’s broken in Washington, however, Gineen respectfully asked President Obama to withdraw his nomination for her second term. Instead of continuing to serve on the Commission, Gineen decided to return home to South Florida to run for Congress to restore fiscal responsibility, modernize outdated processes, enhance government transparency, eliminate unnecessary spending, and change the culture in Washington.
Prior to her appointment to the EAC, Gineen served as the Director of Legislative Operations and Elections Counsel to the Committee on House Administration for the U.S. House of Representatives. From 2003 to 2006, Gineen worked as a policy advisor for the former Governor of Maryland, Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. During this time, Gineen was also appointed General Counsel of the Young Republican National Federation. Earlier in her career, Gineen served as an attorney-advisor for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. With more than a decade of experience working within judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government, Gineen is uniquely qualified to provide real solutions that can make a difference in the way government works.
A Personal Story
Gineen’s family history is deeply rooted in South Florida. In the 1940s, Gineen’s grandparents met at Wolfie’s—an iconic restaurant in the Miami area. At the time, Gineen’s granddad was a busboy and her grandmother a waitress at the famous restaurant. As service workers, Gineen’s grandparents were able to make a modest living and pass on new opportunities to their children.
Gineen’s mom, Linda, enjoyed living in South Florida as a Miami native. After graduating from Miami-Dade Junior College, Linda relocated to New York—where she met Gineen’s late father Lawrence. Born in Long Island, Gineen grew up with the support of a strong family and deep ties to South Florida. As her father started and operated different small businesses, Gineen was able to land her first job in the family’s bakery. By working in a family-owned business as a teenager, Gineen learned the importance of hard work and individual responsibility at a young age.
Today, Gineen is back in South Florida looking to make a difference in a region that’s been part of her entire life. As a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis-South Florida Chapter, Gineen was recognized as a 2011 Honoree for the 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County. As Gineen prepares to raise the standard of living for all South Florida residents, she remains grounded by the discipline instilled through her upbringing and maintains an unwavering belief that there’s a better way forward for our country. In 2012, Gineen is running for Congress to give the people of District 23 a loud voice in the nation’s capitol.
Graduating Cum Laude from the Western New England University School of Law in 1999, Gineen earned her Juris Doctor and served as a member of the Law Review. In 1995, Gineen received her BA in Political Science from UMASS-Amherst. After graduating Law School, Gineen served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Arrie W. Davis in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. In her spare time, Gineen became involved with grassroots politics and volunteered for a variety of organizations, igniting a life-long interest in identifying the most effective ways to serve the public for the good of the nation.