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Wright FTC Nomination Garners Support in Advance of December 4 Confirmation Hearing

Thirty-one prominent deans, professors, and former government officials have signed a letter endorsing President Obama's nomination of Mason Law Professor Joshua Wright to the position of Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Wright's confirmation hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, December 4.

The letter addressed to Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation strongly urges confirmation of Wright, praising him for his high-quality scholarship, his influential publication in areas critical to the FTC's mission, the impact of his data analysis on academic and public policy debates, and his admirable academic temperament.  

The letter of support concludes with the statement, "In sum, Josh’s deep understanding of antitrust law and economics, which is reflected in his impressive record of high-quality academic scholarship, makes him superbly qualified to address the type of issues that regularly come before the FTC. Even better, his innate academic temperament and his reputation for intellectual honesty make his candidacy that much more of an easy case for the Senate’s approval of his nomination. For these many reasons, we enthusiastically support Josh’s nomination to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission."

Those signing their names in support of Wright's nomination include a Former Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission; a Former Deputy Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission; a Former Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission; a Former Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission; a Former Chairman and Former General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission; a Former Chairman and Former Director, Bureau of Competition and Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission; a Former Assistant Director of the Bureau of Economics for Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission; Former Chief Economist, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; a Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice; and a Former Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission.

Read the letter of endorsement