Senate Confirms 32-Year-Old Antitrust Scholar As Federal Trade Commission Chair

Senate Confirms 32-Year-Old Antitrust Scholar As Federal Trade Commission Chair


The Senate confirmed progressive-leaning Biden nominee Lina Khan to serve as Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission.

Khan received support from both sides of the aisle due to her willingness to break up Big Tech companies.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Ms. Khan, a 32-year-old Columbia University law professor who has been a vocal critic of powerful technology companies, was confirmed on a 69-28 vote. With her confirmation secured, Mr. Biden immediately designated her as FTC chairwoman, a move that caps the ascendancy of a progressive camp that favors far-reaching changes to antitrust enforcement.

Ms. Khan has been the leader of that movement, which believes the current decadeslong approach has done too little to restrain corporate dominance and stop mergers that have eroded competition. She has argued in favor of blocking more mergers, aggressively attacking monopolistic practices and potentially breaking up some of America’s largest companies.

“I’m so grateful to the Senate for my confirmation,” said Khan. “Congress created the FTC to safeguard fair

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