Joshua D. Wright Begins Term at Federal Trade Commission

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Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz welcomed Joshua D. Wright as an FTC Commissioner at a swearing-in ceremony today.  President Obama named Wright, a Republican, to a term that ends on September 25, 2019.  He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 1, 2013, and will replace J. Thomas Rosch, who served as a Commissioner since January 2006.

FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright with his wife, Anhvinh Wright, and FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz

Joshua D. Wright, left, joined by his wife, Anhvinh Wright, center, takes the Oath of Office from Chairman Jon Leibowitz, right, at a swearing-in ceremony at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC on Jan. 11, 2013. President Barack Obama named Wright a Commissioner to a term that ends in 2019.

“We’ll miss Commissioner Rosch who’s been a wonderful commissioner and a strong advocate for vigorous enforcement,” Leibowitz said.  “We’re delighted to welcome Josh Wright, who will be terrific.”

Before joining the FTC, Wright was a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, having served previously as Scholar in Residence at the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.  Earlier, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas School of Law and a Visiting Fellow at the Searle Center at the Northwestern University School of Law.  Wright’s areas of expertise include antitrust law and economics, consumer protection, empirical law and economics, intellectual property, and the law and economics of contracts.  He has published numerous articles in leading academic journals, and co-authored Pioneers of Law and Economics and Competition Policy and Patent Law under Uncertainty:  Regulating Innovation.  Wright is the co-editor of the Supreme Court Economic review, and serves on the editorial board of the Antitrust Law Journal, Global Competition Policy, and Competition Policy International.

Wright received a J.D. and a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA, where he was managing editor of the UCLA Law Review, and a B.A. in economics with highest departmental honors at the University of California, San Diego.  Before joining the George Mason University School of Law faculty, he clerked for the Honorable James V. Selna of the Central District of California and taught at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Public Policy.

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