Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley confirmed that Jonathan Kanter, a Justice Department attorney and former aide to FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as the Bureau of Competition’s deputy director.
The Judiciary Committee must confirm Kanter’s nomination before the Senate can consider his nomination. Grassley said that he would do so as soon as possible.
The University of California, Berkeley, graduate joined the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division in 2015. Before joining the DOJ, Kanter worked as a legislative counsel for McDowell and for then-Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.
Kanter has also served as a judicial assistant to former U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, now Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, from 2009-2010. He then served in the state attorney general’s office in Oregon from 2010-2015.
Kanter was a gubernatorial candidate in Oregon, a gubernatorial candidate in New Mexico, and has been a principal at the law firm of Arent Fox, LLP, in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in national political campaigns. He did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The antitrust bureau generally focuses on antitrust issues involving traditional businesses, such as airlines, mail carriers and trucking firms. The section also investigates aspects of American consumer culture and finds antitrust issues in consumer protections, the Internet, products and media industries, according to the agency. It includes the Office of International Competition and the Office of Trade and Competition Policy.
Robert Kaplan and Renata Hesse contributed to this story.