Wilson Abney, Former Chief Counsel to the US Senate Ethics Committee and Senior Counsel in the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Wilson Abney has been an attorney working in public service ethics for more than forty years. He served as Counsel, Chief Counsel, and Staff Director to the United States Senate Ethics Committee from 1980-1982. During that time he was also selected to serve as counsel to the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee for the trial of Federal District Judge Harry Claiborne. He authored the “fact book” used by the Trial Committee and the full Senate in debating whether Judge Claiborne should be removed from office. After leaving the Ethics Committee he served as Ethics Counsel for President Clinton’s transition team. He joined the Commerce Department in 1994 as an advisor in the Department’s Ethics Division. From 1996 to 2009 he consulted with public and private organizations on ethics issues and wrote on the need to reform the Congressional ethics process. In 2009 he rejoined the government as Ethics Counsel to the Congressional Oversight Panel, a legislative commission established to oversee the bail-out of the financial sector. In 2011 he was asked by the Panel’s Chair, Elizabeth Warren, to assist in the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He served as Senior Counsel in the Bureau’s Office of General Counsel, retiring in 2012. Mr. Abney continues to demonstrate his life-long passion for public and private sector ethics by studying, writing and consulting on the subject.