I have some incredible news to share with you. Recent reports suggest that President-elect Donald Trump is considering Sean Reyes as the next chairman of the FTC. Currently he is the attorney general of Utah.
You may recall Attorney General Reyes’ keynote at the 2015 ERA Government Affairs Fly-In where he got a standing ovation from our attendees. He also had a memorable visit to last year’s D2C conference in Las Vegas where he joined a panel of legal experts to talk about self-regulation.
A Rising Republican Star
In my opinion Attorney General Reyes is the real deal. He has shown a real passion for protecting consumers as State Attorney General. He is a rising Republican star. By all accounts he is a class act. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of our industry and takes the time to visit with us to learn more. I think he must have developed that as general counsel for eTAGZ a media and technology company.
If selected, I have no doubt that he would be a strong advocate at the Federal Trade Commission benefiting the larger ecosystem of industry, regulators and self-regulatory bodies.
The Rest Of The Story
Spokesmen from both the Trump transition team and Reyes have declined to comment on the record so far as is customary for these types of roles. Regardless of outcome it is a huge honor for Attorney General Reyes to be considered.
With the recently announced resignation of the current Chairwoman Edith Ramirez as of February 10th, it is clear the agency has a drastic need to fill a number of vacancies. After this resignation there will be three vacancies on a commission with 5 slots. There will be two Republican slots, and one Democratic slot.
Right now the country really needs strong competent leadership. With so many openings there is bound to be more great names and candidates floating around.
In fact, the inside favorite for acting Chair is FTC Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen. Commissioner Ohlhausen needs no introduction to our industry as noted by her May 2013 speech to ERA or her 2015 fireside chat with Ed Glynn at the ERSP summit.
If these published reports turn out to be accurate, I am starting to feel a lot better about the FTC during a Trump administration. Both Attorney General Reyes and FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen are seasoned regulators who understand our industry and would be great assets for the Trump administration and the country.
Bill McClellan joined ERA in January 2003 as director of government affairs. Prior to joining the association, Bill worked as a lobbyist at the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association, covering the state legislature and Georgia's congressional delegation. Before working for the GADA, Bill managed political campaigns at both the congressional and state constitutional levels