President Obama will name Edith Ramirez as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, sources reported Thursday. Ramirez, a friend of the president and law school classmate, was sworn in as an FTC commissioner in 2010.
Obama's head of Hispanic outreach in the 2008 campaign, Ramirez will replace chairman Jon Liebowitz.
Former FTC head Jodie Bernstein lauded Ramirez as an advocate for Hispanics, according to USA Today, saying that she has prioritized fraud targeting Hispanics.
Ramirez "has worked hard to protect the most vulnerable communities," Politico quoted a White House official as saying.
Before Ramirez joined the FTC, she was a partner in the Los Angeles office of the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan law firm, where she focused on business litigation. While working for private firms, her portfolio included clients such as Walt Disney and Northrop Grumman.
She clerked for Alfred T. Goodwin in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit from 1992-93, according to her FTC bio. A Southern California native, Ramirez graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1992, and served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Ramirez's appointment leaves one more Democratic seat on the commission. There was as yet no word on when that seat will be filled or when Ramirez will be officially designated as chairwoman.
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