Roscoe B. Starek, III was sworn in as a member of the Federal Trade Commission on November 19, 1990. Prior to that time, Commissioner Starek held a number of positions in both the Legislative and Executive branches of the Federal Government. From January 1989 until he was sworn in by President Bush, Commissioner Starek was Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House. Immediately prior to joining the White House staff, Commissioner Starek worked on the Bush transition team as Deputy Director of Presidential Personnel. He served for seven years in several positions at the Department of State, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Counterterrorism.
From 1972 to 1982, Commissioner Starek worked on Capitol Hill and on the Ford White House staff. From 1976 to 1982, he worked for three Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives as Chief Minority Counsel to the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, Associate Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, and a Counsel to the Minority of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. In 1975, Commissioner Starek was appointed to the White House staff as Assistant General Counsel to the Presidential Clemency Board. In 1974, Commissioner Starek was chosen by the Minority Members of the House Judiciary Committee to be a Counsel to the Impeachment Inquiry. During 1972 and 1973, he served on the staff of U.S. Senator Charles Percy of Illinois, first as a legislative assistant and thereafter as a Professional Staff Member to the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Senate Government Operations Committee.
Commissioner Starek graduated with an A.B. in political science from Syracuse University. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. He is a member of the bar in Illinois and in the District of Columbia. Commissioner Starek is married to the former Mildred Jeannette Harllee. They have one daughter and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.