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Pakistan-origin Lina Khan sworn in as US Federal Trade Commission chair

Pakistan-origin Lina Khan sworn in as US Federal Trade Commission chair
June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pakistan-origin Lina Khan, an antitrust researcher who focused her work on Big Tech's immense market power, took the oath as chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Lina, who teaches at Columbia Law School, was confirmed by US Senate as an FTC commissioner on a bipartisan vote of 69 to 28 earlier on Tuesday. President Joe Biden had selected her as chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in March.

She also previously served as counsel to the US House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, legal adviser to FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra, and legal director at the Open Markets Institute.

Khan’s scholarship on antitrust and competition policy has been published in the Columbia Law Review, Harvard Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. She is a graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers.