October 19, 2017 /Ben Lane-
In what might seem like an unlikely move, President Donald Trump selected Rohit Chopra to serve as a member of the Federal Trade Commission.
Chopra’s selection comes as bit of surprise, considering that Chopra is a close ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a former member of Hillary Clinton’s transition team, a former Obama administration official, and a former assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
But due to FTC rules, some bipartisanship is necessary among the FTC Commissioners.
The FTC is lead by five commissioners, which are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Each commissioner serves a seven-year term, and no more than three commissioners can come from the same political party.
There are currently two FTC commissioners – Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen and Terrell McSweeny. Ohlhausen took over as FTC chair when Edith Ramirez resigned in February.
According to an announcement from the White House, if confirmed, Chopra would serve the remainder of a term that expires on Sept. 25, 2019.
Chopra is currently a Senior Fellow at the Consumer Federation of America, where he focuses on consumer protection issues facing young people and military families, according to the bio provided by the White House.