For the first time in more than one year, the Federal Trade Commission is now fully staffed.
On April 28, Terrell McSweeny began her official duties as a Commissioner, joining Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and fellow Commissioners Julie Brill, Maureen K. Ohlhausen, and Joshua D. Wright.
“We are very pleased that Terrell McSweeny is joining the Commission,” Chairwoman Ramirez said in a statement. “Her considerable experience in the law and public policy will be an asset to the agency as it continues to pursue its missions of protecting consumers and promoting competition.”
McSweeny, former Chief Counsel for Competition Policy and Intergovernmental Relations for the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, graduated from Harvard University and Georgetown University Law School before joining a law firm.
After leaving private practice, she served as chief of staff and policy director for Vice President Joe Biden during his tenure in the Senate and worked as counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee. She then advised Vice President Biden and President Barack Obama as Deputy Assistant to the President and Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President from January 2009 until February 2012.
McSweeny was approved in a 95-1 Senate vote to a term ending September 25, 2017.
Why it matters: Voting on McSweeny’s confirmation was held up because of other political fighting in Congress, leaving the FTC with just four Commissioners for more than one year after the departure of former Chairman Jon Leibowitz in February 2013. The Commission is now fully staffed.