Maureen Ohlhausen

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Maureen Ohlhausen
Maureen K. Ohlhausen.jpg
Acting Chair of Federal Trade Commission
Assumed office
February 10, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Edith Ramirez
Commissioner of Federal Trade Commission
Assumed office
April 4, 2012
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by William Kovacic
Personal details
Alma mater Antonin Scalia Law School (JD), University of Virginia (BA)

Maureen K. Ohlhausen is Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. She was sworn in as Commissioner on April 4, 2012, to a term that expires in September 2018.[1] On January 26, 2017, President Donald Trump designated Ohlhausen to serve as Acting Chairman of the FTC.[2]

Prior to joining the Commission, Ohlhausen was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where she focused on FTC issues, including privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity.[1]

Ohlhausen previously served at the Commission for 11 years, most recently as Director of the Office of Policy Planning from 2004 to 2008, where she led the FTC's Internet Access Task Force. She was also Deputy Director of that office. From 1998 to 2001, Ohlhausen was an attorney advisor for former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle, advising him on competition and consumer protection matters. She started at the FTC General Counsel’s Office in 1997.[1]

Before coming to the FTC, Ohlhausen spent five years at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, serving as a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle and as a staff attorney. Ohlhausen also clerked for Judge Robert Yock of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims from 1991 to 1992.[1]

Ohlhausen graduated with distinction from Antonin Scalia Law School in 1991 and graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1984.[1]

Ohlhausen was on the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law, where she taught privacy law and unfair trade practices. She served as a Senior Editor of the Antitrust Law Journal and a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on Competition and Public Policy. She has authored a variety of articles on competition law, privacy, and technology matters.[1]

Ohlhausen lives in Virginia with her husband, Peter Ohlhausen, and their four children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Statement of Acting FTC Chairman Ohlhausen on Appointment by President Trump" (Press release). Washington, DC: Federal Trade Commission. 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  2. ^ Fung, Bryan (2017-01-25). "Trump names Maureen Ohlhausen as acting FTC chairwoman". The Switch. Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-03-09.