Michael Pertschuk

Michael Pertschuk (January 12, 1933 – November 16, 2022) was an American attorney and advocate for consumer protection and public health. He served as a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from 1977 to 1984, and served as FTC Chair from 1977 to 1981. During his tenure, Pertschuk worked to strengthen the FTC's consumer protection powers.

Michael Pertschuk
Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
In office
April 21, 1977  October 15, 1984
Succeeded byMary Azcuenaga
Personal details
Born(1933-01-12)January 12, 1933
London, England
DiedNovember 16, 2022(2022-11-16) (aged 89)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
(m. 1977)

Prior to joining the FTC, Pertschuk worked on Capitol Hill, where he was nicknamed the "101st Senator" owing to his influence in passing consumer protection legislation.[1] Pertschuk served as chief counsel and staff director to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation from 1965 to 1976 and was instrumental in drafting the landmark legislation requiring cigarette warning labels and banning broadcast advertising of tobacco products. He also helped pass automobile and product safety laws and the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act.

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