It's a full house at the Federal Trade Commission. Maureen Ohlhausen, a former partner Wilkinson Barker Knauer, was sworn in today as the agency's fifth commissioner.
A Republican, she fills the slot that's been vacant since George Washington University Law School professor William Kovacic's term ended in October 2011.
For Ohlhausen, the FTC is familiar ground — she spent 11 years at the agency, most recently as director of the Office of Policy Planning from 2004 to 2008, leading the FTC's Internet Access Task Force. She also worked as an attorney adviser for former Commissioner Orson Swindle and in the general counsel’s office.
“We are very pleased to welcome Maureen back to the FTC," agency Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a news release. "She is going to be a terrific commissioner, with expertise in both protecting consumers and ensuring competition."
Ohlhausen was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 29. At the same time, the Senate confirmed Leibowitz for a second term at the FTC.
Ohlhausen earned her law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1991, then clerked for Judge Robert Yock of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for a year. She moved to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where she spent five years serving as a law clerk for Judge David Sentelle.
Her term ends on September 25, 2018.