Lina Khan, Critic of Large Tech Firms, to Lead Federal Trade Commission
Biden designates her as FTC chairwoman following Senate confirmation as commissioner, signaling tougher antitrust enforcement ahead
Lina Khan, who has argued that antitrust law has failed to restrain Amazon.com, testified at a Senate confirmation hearing in April.
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By Updated June 15, 2021 8:00 pm ET
WASHINGTON—The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Lina Khan for a seat on the Federal Trade Commission, and President Biden tapped her to lead the agency, a post that will allow her to pursue aggressive enforcement of U.S. antitrust and consumer-protection laws.
Ms. Khan, a 32-year-old Columbia University law professor who has been a vocal critic of powerful technology companies, was confirmed on a 69-28 vote. With her confirmation secured, Mr. Biden immediately designated her as FTC chairwoman, a move that caps the ascendancy of a progressive camp that favors far-reaching changes to antitrust enforcement.