Joseph Simons

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Joseph Simons
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56th Chair of the Federal Trade Commission
In office
May 1, 2018 – January 21, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Preceded byMaureen Ohlhausen (Acting)
Succeeded byRebecca Slaughter (acting)
Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
In office
May 1, 2018 – January 29, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Preceded byTerrell McSweeny
Succeeded byLina Khan
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
EducationCornell University (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)

Joseph Simons is an American attorney who formerly served as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.


Simons received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and history from Cornell University in 1980 and his Juris Doctor cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983.[1]

FTC career[edit]

Simons was chief of the Federal Trade Commission's competition bureau from 2001 to 2003. He was a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Simons is also a co-developer of “Critical Loss Analysis,” a technique for market definition that has been incorporated into the Department of Justice and FTC Merger Guidelines, as well as applied in numerous court decisions.[1]

On October 19, 2017, the White House announced that President Donald Trump would nominate Simons to be chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.[2] He took office on May 1, 2018, and was scheduled to depart on January 29, 2021; he was replaced as chair on January 21.[3]

Notably, the FTC under Simons filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook in December 2020.[4]


  1. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts". October 19, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2018 – via National Archives.
  2. ^ McLaughlin and Talev, David and Margaret (October 19, 2017). "Trump to Nominate Simons to Lead FTC, White House Says". Bloomberg News. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Slaughter Named Acting FTC Chair Amid Biden Shakeup - Law360". Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  4. ^ Kendall, Brent; McKinnon, John D. (December 11, 2020). "Filing Facebook Lawsuit Is Career-Defining Act for FTC Chairman". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 25, 2020.