As announced yesterday, President Obama plans to name Edith Ramirez, a Democrat and current Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Commissioner, to serve as Chairman of the FTC, effective March 4, 2013. This appointment indicates continuity with the Consumer Protection and Competition policies the Commission followed under her predecessor, Jon Leibowitz. While Commissioner, she has voted, almost without exception, with the majority of her colleagues. When she takes over as Chairman on Monday, no confirmation hearings will be necessary because she is a sitting Commissioner who previously received Senate approval.
Click here for an overview of her history regarding consumer protection and competition policy and what we might expect from her tenure.