David Gartner

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David Gartner

The late David Gartner was a lawyer, Senate and Administration staffer and CFTC Commissioner who served as chief of staff for the Hubert Humphrey, when the later was Vice President of the United States. Gartner died September 29, 2009 at the age of 74.[1] He served as a CFTC Commissioner from April 15, 1977 to April 15, 1982.[2]


Gartner was a former Iowa journalist who joined the staff of Sen. Humphrey, D-Minn. in 1961. Gartner served as Humphrey's chief of staff through he term as vice president and then when Humphrey was elected again as a Senator.[3]

After serving Humphrey until his death in 1978, Gartner was appointed to the CFTC by President Jimmy Carter.

Gartner was involved in a ethic controversy when it emerged that his children has been given stock worth $72,000 by Humphrey supporter Dwayne Andreas, then chairman of Archer Daniels Midland. Gartner turned down President Carter's televised request he resign due to an "image of impropriety" and served at the CFTC until 1982.

Gartner also sued his fellow commissioners in a case where confidentiality of meetings was an issue.[4]

Later, Gartner was a lawyer with the Washington offices of Peterson, Engberg & Peterson. From 1987 to 1993 he was special deputy to Walter Stewart, secretary of the Senate.


Gartner received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1959 from the University of Iowa and a law degree in 1972 from American University. He served in the Navy from 1954 to 1956.


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