Obama Nominates 5th FTC Commissioner

Terrell McSweeney has worked with Biden since 2005

President Obama turned to Biden aide Terrell McSweeney to fill the fifth open seat on the Federal Trade Commission.

McSweeney's ties with vice president Joe Biden began in 2005 when she served as his deputy chief of staff and as counsel on the Senate Judiciary committee, ending in 2008 when she became Biden's issues director for the Obama campaign in 2008. Most recently, McSweeney has served as senior counsel of competition policy in the antitrust division at the Department of Justice. From 2009 to 2012, she served as deputy assistant to the president and domestic policy advisor to the vice president at the White House.

The FTC has been operating with only four commissioners since FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz stepped down in February. Obama elevated FTC commissioner Edith Ramirez to chairwoman in March. 

If confirmed, McSweeney would restore the Democrats' 3-2 voting edge, so Republicans may not want to move all that fast.

Among the mergers on the FTC's plate are Nielsen's proposed acquisition of Arbitron.

McSweeney holds an AM from Harvard University and a JD from Georgetown University Law School.