U.S. President Joe Biden is likely to nominate progressive favorite Lina Khan to head the Federal Trade Commission, according to a report.
- Khan was an FTC fellow for her predecessor Rohit Chopra, with whom she argued for clear rules that distinguish competition law violations.
- She is a Columbia Law School professor, and served as a staffer to the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee’s probe into tech platforms.
- If confirmed, Khan would be the youngest FTC commissioner at 32. Chopra and former Commissioner Joshua Wright were 36 when they were appointed.
- Republicans are expected to delve into Khan’s early work on Amazon and her participation in a recent investigation. These are said to possible compromise objectivity in future cases.
- Biden last week chose Tim Wu, another tech critic and Columbia professor, as special assistant to the President for Technology and Competition Policy.