The White House has announced that President Biden intends to nominate Andrew N. Ferguson and Melissa Holyoak to fill the two open Republican Commissioner seats on the Federal Trade Commission.

Mr. Ferguson currently serves as the Virginia Solicitor General.  He previously served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell from 2019 to 2021.  Before serving as Leader McConnell’s Chief Counsel, Mr. Ferguson served as Chief Counsel for Nominations and the Constitution to then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and as Senior Special Counsel to then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.  He also practiced antitrust law at several large D.C. law firms and clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ms. Holyoak currently serves as the Utah Solicitor General. She previously served as President and General Counsel of Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest firm representing consumers challenging unfair class actions and regulatory overreach. She also previously served as a public interest attorney with the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Center for Class Action Fairness.  Ms. Holyoak also worked as an associate at a large law firm.