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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 5, 1994

The President today announced that he has nominated Christine Varney of the District of Columbia as a Member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

"I have throughly enjoyed working with Christine these past 20 months and I am delighted to nominate her to the FTC", the President said. "Her committment to public service and first-hand experience in the areas of trade and regulation will serve the commission well. I look forward to her confirmation."

Ms. Varney currently serves in the White House as the Cabinet Secretary. Prior to joining the White House, she was involved in legislative practice with the law firms of Hogan and Hartson and Pierson, Semmes and Finley, where she focused on health care and international trade and practiced administrative law before federal regulatory agencies. She was also responsible for general corporate work for a major international audio electronics company.

Previously, Ms. Varney was Chief Counsel to the Clinton/Gore Campaign. She has also served as Economic Development Director of a Mexican-American agricultural area in El Centro, California. In addition, she managed a multi-million dollar inner-city agency as Director of the Neighborhood Outreach Program in San Diego and was an economic analyst with the U.S. General Accounting Office.

Ms. Varney received a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany; a masters degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University; and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

The Federal Trade Commission is responsible for enforcing competition and consumer protection throughout virtually the entire economy. Three bureaus of the Commission support its mission: the Bureau of Consumer Protection is responsible for protecting consumers against unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices; the Bureau of Competition, the Commission's antitrust arm, seeks to prevent business practices that restrain competition; and the Bureau of Economics helps to ensure that the Commission considers the economic impact of its actions. The Commission works closely with the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department.