Richard Painter has served as a professor of law at the University of Oregon, the University of Illinois, and the University of Minnesota. Painter was the previous chief ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush in the White House Counsel’s office. He is the vice chair for the organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and is a co-founder of Take Back our Republic. In a special election, he ran as a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives to represent Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District. He lost the special Democratic primary on May 24, 2022.