Maureen Ohlhausen Sworn
in as Federal Trade Commissioner
Rejoins FTC After Recently Serving as
Director of Office of Policy Planning
April 7, 2012
Chairman Jon Leibowitz joined Maureen
K. Ohlhausen at the Federal Trade Commission, as she was sworn in as the
agency's newest commissioner. President Obama named Ohlhausen, a
Republican, to a term that ends on September 25, 2018. She was
unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2012.
"We are very pleased to welcome Maureen back to the FTC," Chairman
Leibowitz said. "She is going to be a terrific Commissioner, with
expertise in both protecting consumers and ensuring competition."
has been a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP since 2009, focusing
on privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity. She previously served
for 11 years at the FTC, most recently as Director of the Office of
Policy Planning from 2004 to 2008, leading the FTC's Internet Access
Task Force. She also formerly was an attorney advisor for former
Commissioner Orson Swindle. Before joining the agency's General
Counsel's Office in 1997, she spent five years at the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, serving as a law clerk for Judge David B.
Sentelle. Ohlhausen previously clerked for Judge Robert Yock of the U.S.
Court of Federal Claims from 1991 to 1992.
Ohlhausen graduated with distinction from George Mason University School
of Law in 1991, having graduated with honors from the University of
Virginia in 1984. She previously was a senior editor of the Antitrust
Law Journal and a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on
Competition and Public Policy.