Noah Joshua Phillips, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, and Rohit Chopra were sworn in today as FTC Commissioners. President Trump named Phillips, a Republican, to a term that expires September 25, 2023; Slaughter, a Democrat, to a term that expires September 25, 2022; and Chopra, a Democrat, to a term that expires September 25, 2019.
Phillips, Slaughter, and Chopra were confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 26, 2018.
FTC Chairman Joseph Simons, who was sworn in the previous day as the head of the agency, welcomed the new Commissioners.
“I look forward to working with my new colleagues, Noah, Rebecca, and Rohit. With such a strong group of Commissioners, I know we can carry on the agency’s legacy of advancing the interests of American consumers and promoting competition in the U.S. economy.”
Before coming to the FTC, Phillips served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2011 to 2018, he advised Senator Cornyn on legal and policy matters including antitrust, constitutional law, consumer privacy, fraud, and intellectual property. Prior to his Senate service, Phillips worked as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, in New York City, and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in Washington, D.C. Phillips began his career at Wasserstein Perella & Co., an investment bank in New York City. Phillips received his A.B. from Dartmouth College in 2000 and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Prior to joining the Commission, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter served as Chief Counsel to Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the Democratic Leader. A native New Yorker, she advised Leader Schumer on legal, competition, telecom, privacy, consumer protection, and intellectual property matters, among other issues. Prior to joining Senator Schumer's office, Slaughter was an associate in the D.C. office of Sidley Austin LLP. Slaughter received her B.A. in Anthropology manga cum laude from Yale University. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor on the Yale Law Journal.
Before joining the FTC, Chopra was a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America and a Visiting Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He was previously Assistant Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Secretary of the Treasury also appointed him as the agency's first Student Loan Ombudsman. Chopra later served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of Education.
Prior to his government service, he worked in the private sector, at McKinsey & Company, where he served clients in the financial services, health care, and consumer technology sectors.
Chopra holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.
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