Edith Ramirez

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Edith Ramirez
Edith Ramirez official photo.jpg
Chairwoman of the
Federal Trade Commission
In office
March 4, 2013 – February 10, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byJon Leibowitz
Succeeded byMaureen Ohlhausen
Member of the Federal Trade Commission
In office
April 5, 2010 – September 25, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDeborah Platt Majoras
Personal details
BornSan Clemente, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materHarvard University (BA, JD)

Edith Ramirez is a former Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, a post she assumed on March 4, 2013.[1]

Her term as a Commissioner began on April 5, 2010 and expired on September 25, 2015, but she continued to serve awaiting the appointment of a successor until her resignation effective February 10, 2017.[2] Following her tenure at the FTC, she joined the law firm of Hogan Lovells as a partner in their Washington, D.C. office.[citation needed]

Prior to joining the Commission, Ramirez was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, where she handled a broad range of complex business litigation, including successfully representing clients in intellectual property, antitrust, unfair competition, and Lanham Act (trademark) matters. She has extensive appellate litigation experience.[3]

From 1993-96, she was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, in Los Angeles. She clerked for the Hon. Alfred T. Goodwin in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1992-93.[4] Throughout her career, Ramirez has been active in a variety of professional and community activities. Most recently, she served as the Vice President on the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation's largest municipal utility.[citation needed]


A native of Southern California, she graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude (1992), where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and holds a B.A. in History magna cum laude from Harvard University (1989).


  1. ^ Kendall, Brent (February 28, 2013). "FTC Commissioner Ramirez to Lead Agency". The Wall Street Journal.
  2. ^ Staff (2017-01-13). "FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez Announces Resignation" (Press release). Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  3. ^ "Edith Ramirez to Lead the Federal Trade Commission" (Press release). Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
  4. ^ "Edith Ramirez Sworn In as Federal Trade Commissioner" (Press release). Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission. 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2017-03-09.

This article uses public domain material from the Federal Trade Commission Website.