The National Commission on the Presidential Nominating Process

The National Commission on the Presidential Nominating Process

The Miller Center organized a commission to examine every facet of the process by which our two major political parties go about seeking their respective candidates for president in response to the significant transformations the presidential nominating process has undergone since 1960. In their report, the commission members sought to elicit a set of concrete objectives that would not only promote the goals of the nominating process, but also serve as a practical guide for party officials and legislators.


  • A. Linwood Holton, Jr., Governor of Virginia, 1970–1974


  • Dean Burch, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, 1969–1974
  • William T. Coleman, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Transportation, 1975–1977; Senior Counselor, O'Melveny & Myers
  • William Frenzel, Member, U.S. House of Representatives (R-Minn.), 1971–1991
  • Richard Gordon Hatcher, Mayor, Gary, Indiana, 1967–1987
  • Austin Ranney, American Enterprise Institute, Senior Staff, 1975–1985
  • Robert S. Strauss, U.S. Trade Representative, 1977–1979; U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union & Russian Federation, 1991; Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • Anne Wexler, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce, 1977–1978; Assistant to the President 1978–1981

Commission Director: Kenneth W. Thompson, Director of the Miller Center, 1978–1998

Read the Commission's Final Report