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Report: Trump names lawyer Joe Simons to head FTC

U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated Joseph Simons, an antitrust lawyer, to head the Federal Trade Commission, Reuters reported Oct. 18, citing a White House official.

Along with Simons, Trump is expected to nominate Noah Phillips and Rohit Chopra as FTC commissioners. Upon confirmation, Simons will be appointed chairman, the official told Reuters.

Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, a Republican, currently heads the agency, with Terrell McSweeny, a Democrat, the only other commissioner. Trump has long been expected to name a permanent chair and three commissioners, said Reuters.

Simons, a partner at law firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, was a director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition from 2001 to 2003.