Paul DeGregorio has spent his professional career focused on the promotion of democracy and elections. He has served in significant policy-making and top management positions in prominent institutions that have advanced the cause of democracy and freedom. An elections expert, his leadership has been recognized by the USA and the international community. In 2004, Mr. DeGregorio received the Freedom Award from the National Association of Secretaries of State for his achievements in promoting democracy and freedom throughout the world.
Upon being recommended by the U.S. Congress and his confirmation by the U.S. Senate, DeGregorio was appointed by President George W. Bush to the newly-created US. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) on December 13, 2003. The EAC is a 4-member bipartisan federal agency established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) to oversee and improve the process of conducting elections in the United States. Mr. DeGregorio's fellow Commissioners elected him to serve as the Chairman of the EAC for 2006. His term on the EAC ended on February 28, 2007.
In addition to handling the challenge of establishing a brand new federal agency in a presidential election year, DeGregorio distinguished himself at the EAC by focusing his efforts on the EAC's mandates to review state election reform plans and distribute 2.3 billion dollars to the states; establish new voluntary voting system guidelines, develop Best Practices in election administration, adopt the first federal voting system certification program, provide guidance and advisories to election officials and conduct studies on election reform issues, such as recounts and voter ID.
From 2002 to 2003, Mr. DeGregorio served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), a leading institution involved in the promotion of democracy worldwide. In 2001, DeGregorio was appointed by then-Secretary of State Matt Blunt to serves as co-Chair of the Missouri Commission on Election Reform. From 1985 to 1993, he was director of elections for St. Louis County, Missouri's largest jurisdiction. Mr. DeGregorio was also a special assistant in President Ronald Reagan's administration and a former assistant to John Ashcroft during his first term as Missouri attorney general.
In 2003 Mr. DeGregorio was voted a lifetime member of the Association of Election Officials from Central and Eastern Europe (ACEEEO) and the Association of Election Officials of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since 1986, he has been a member of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT) and has served as their Education & Training Chair. He has been a featured speaker at election official conferences and forums throughout the world, including the USA's Election Center and the Office of Democratic Initiatives and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Mr. DeGregorio is frequently quoted and has had articles published in numerous periodicals.