Cleta Mitchell has dedicated her life to defending the Constitution and victims of government abuse. She’s constantly fighting to remind public officials that it is they who serve the American people, not the people who serve the government. Cleta currently serves as the Senior Legal Fellow at the Conservative Partnership Institute where she is lead attorney for its Election Integrity Coalition.
She received her B.A. (high honors, 1973) and J.D. (1975) from the University of Oklahoma. She served as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1976 to 1984, during which she chaired the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.
Cleta’s legal career is replete with achievements. She has represented numerous high-profile clients, including the National Rifle Association at the U.S. Supreme Court, and True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht during her multi-year battle with the IRS and other federal agencies.
Her expertise is administrative/regulatory law has been widely recognized by her peers. Cleta 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. In 2012, National Journal named her one of Washington’s 25 Most Influential Women.
She served as legal counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. She sits on the board of directors of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, is Chairman of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, and past chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation.
Cleta is a tireless woman of skill, courage, and grace who has never compromised her values in the face of “Deep State” intimidation. In 2013, the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women named Cleta “Woman of the Year” during the Center’s 20th Anniversary Dinner.