He’ll join an eclectic group including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Kerry Washington, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, actor Forest Whitaker, three cabinet secretaries and the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
Weinstein and six other new members will be sworn in Thursday at the Supreme Court by Justice Elana Kagan.
Another new member is Stephanie Cutter, who was deputy manager of Obama’s re-election campaign and a former top White House aide. She’s now seen on CNN’s Crossfire program.
The appointments were announced, but not widely distributed, Monday by the White House.
Weinstein, managing partner of the Weinstein Law Firm, is the finance chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and was a major fundraiser for Obama. He was a member of the president’s national finance committee, national co-chairman of Lawyers for Obama, and Broward County finance chairman.
He’s also the son of two well-known names in Broward political circles: Broward Chief Judge Peter Weinstein, a former member and Democratic leader of the Florida Senate, and Barbara Weinstein, president and CEO of Family Central, the early child care and education organization.
Based on his tweets, he’s a pretty big hockey fan. He’s a member of the Florida Panthers Advisory Board.
The committee advises the White House on cultural issues and works directly with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.