David A. Clanton

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David A. Clanton (born May 31, 1944)[1] was the acting chair of the Federal Trade Commission from March 4, 1981, to September 25, 1981.[2]

Clanton received a B.A. from Andrews University in 1966, followed by a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 1969.[1][3] In June 1969, Clanton became a legislative assistant to Michigan Senator Robert P. Griffin.[1] He gained admission to the bar in Michigan the following year,[3] and served as minority staff counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce from April 1971 to January 1975.[1] After a brief stint as legislative assistant to the assistant minority leader of the U.S. Senate, Clanton was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on the Federal Trade Commission.[1] President Ronald Reagan named Clanton acting FTC chair in 1981, pending selection of a nominee for the position.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Announcement of Intention To Nominate David A. Clanton To Be a Commissioner and Intention to Withdraw the Nomination of Thomas Sowell To Be a Commissioner" (July 20, 1976), in Presidential Documents: Gerald R. Ford, 1976, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Volume 12, Issues 27-39, p. 1188.
  2. ^ List of Commissioners, Chairwomen, and Chairmen of the Federal Trade Commission: 1915-2018 (as of November 2018).
  3. ^ a b "David A. Clanton". Martindale. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  4. ^ Bernice Rothman Hasin, Consumers, Commissions, and Congress: Law, Theory, and the Federal Trade Commission (1987), p. 194.
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