Federal Trade Commissioners

The FTC is an independent agency that reports to Congress on its actions. The Commission is headed by five Commissioners, nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, each serving a seven-year term. The President chooses one Commissioner to act as Chairman. No more than three Commissioners can be of the same political party. The current Chairman and Commissioners are:

FTC Chairman Timothy J. Muris

A Republican, he began his term as Chairman on June 4, 2001. Muris has held three previous positions at the Commission: Assistant to the Director of the Office of Policy Planning and Evaluation (1974 to1976), Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (1981 to 1983) and Director of the Bureau of Competition (1983 to 1985).

After leaving the FTC in 1985, Muris served with the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget for three years, and afterward, as Of Counsel with the law firm of Collier, Shannon, Rill and Scott (1992 to 2000) and Howrey, Simon, Arnold and White (2000 to 2001). Muris joined George Mason University School of Law as a Foundation Professor in 1988 and was interim dean of the law school from 1996 to 1997.

A member of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section, Muris has written widely on antitrust, consumer protection, regulatory, and budget issues. In 1981, he served as the Deputy Counsel to the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief.

FTC Commissioner Sheila F. Anthony

A Democrat, she was sworn in as a Commissioner on September 30, 1997. She served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice from 1993 to 1995. As Assistant Attorney General, Anthony was the liaison between the Department and Congress, and the liaison to the White House Legislative Affairs Office. In addition, she was responsible for implementing the strategy to carry out the Department’s legislative initiatives. Prior to government service, she practiced law at Dow, Lohnes and Albertson in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in intellectual property law, including trademark, copyright, unfair competition, litigation, licensing, and technology transfer.

FTC Commissioner Mozelle W. Thompson

A Democrat, he was sworn in as a Commissioner on December 17, 1997. Thompson most recently held the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Treasury overseeing domestic spending and credit policies. Prior to joining the Treasury, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel to the New York State Finance Agency. He also was an attorney with the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in New York. Thompson has been president of the International Marketing Supervision Network (IMSN), an international consumer protection enforcement association, and also Vice Chairman of the OECD Consumer Policy Committee. Thompson has taught at the Fordham Law School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School

FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle

A Republican, he was sworn in as a Commissioner on December 18, 1997. He has had a distinguished military career and served in the Reagan Administration from 1981 to 1989 directing financial assistance programs to economically distressed rural and municipal areas of the country. As Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Development, he managed the Department of Commerce’s national economic development efforts, directing seven offices across the country. He was State Director of the Farmers' Home Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture financing rural housing, community infrastructure, businesses, and farming.

FTC Commissioner Thomas B. Leary

A Republican, he was sworn in on November 17,1999. From 1983 to 1999, he had been a partner at Hogan and Hartson, where he practiced principally in the areas of antitrust and trade regulation. Before becoming a partner at Hogan and Hartson, he was the Assistant General Counsel of General Motors, with overall responsibility for antitrust, consumer protection and commercial law matters. He also served as an Air Intelligence Officer on active duty in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1955.


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