5 Women Who Shape Tech Policy

Just over a year into her tenure as FTC chief, Edith Ramirez has given the agency a renewed focus on consumer-privacy protection.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez speaks about patent trolls and anti-trust issues at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, June 20, 2013. 
AFP/Getty Images
National Journal Staff
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
National Journal Staff
July 25, 2014, 1 a.m.

This year, Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Wo­men in Wash­ing­ton list fo­cuses on wo­men who ex­er­cise power­ful in­flu­ence in five policy areas: en­ergy, health care, tech­no­logy, de­fense, and edu­ca­tion.

Edith Ramirez, Chair­wo­man, Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion

Just over a year in­to her ten­ure as FTC chief, Ramirez has giv­en the agency a re­newed fo­cus on con­sumer-pri­vacy pro­tec­tion. She led the FTC as it took ac­tion against Amazon and Snapchat — and she could have an­oth­er ma­jor com­pany to deal with in the near fu­ture, as some law­makers are call­ing on the com­mis­sion to tar­get Face­book for ma­nip­u­lat­ing its users’ news feeds.

Edith Ramirez (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Im­ages)Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Cali­for­nia

Eshoo, who rep­res­ents parts of Sil­ic­on Val­ley, is the House Demo­crats’ lead­er on many tech­no­logy is­sues. As the rank­ing mem­ber on the Com­mu­nic­a­tions and Tech­no­logy Sub­com­mit­tee, she suc­cess­fully fought to en­sure that valu­able wire­less fre­quen­cies would be set aside to boost Wi-Fi net­works. She is also a cham­pi­on of net neut­ral­ity. An ally of House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi, Eshoo could be­come even more in­flu­en­tial if she de­feats Rep. Frank Pal­lone in the race for the top Demo­crat­ic spot on the En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee.

Jes­sica Rosen­wor­cel, Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion­er

Rosen­wor­cel, a Demo­crat, has in­dic­ated a will­ing­ness to chal­lenge her own party, and is there­fore emer­ging as a cru­cial vote at the FCC as the agency heads in­to one of the busiest years in its his­tory. She was ap­poin­ted to the com­mis­sion in 2012 and was ap­proved un­an­im­ously by the Sen­ate after spend­ing many years on Cap­it­ol Hill. Be­fore en­ter­ing pub­lic ser­vice, she prac­ticed com­mu­nic­a­tions law in New York.

Mignon Cly­burn, FCC Com­mis­sion­er

Dur­ing the six months that Cly­burn, a Demo­crat, served as in­ter­im chair­wo­man of the Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion, she got a lot done. She opened up new air­waves to auc­tion off to wire­less com­pan­ies, lowered the price of pris­on in­mates’ phone calls, and saw through a big mer­ger. Be­fore join­ing the FCC in 2009, Cly­burn served on the South Car­o­lina Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion for 11 years. She is the daugh­ter of Demo­crat­ic Rep. James Cly­burn.

Susan Mo­lin­ari, Vice Pres­id­ent for Pub­lic Policy, Google

A Re­pub­lic­an former mem­ber of Con­gress, Mo­lin­ari is help­ing Google buck its im­age as a com­pany aligned only with Demo­crats. Since tak­ing over as the Web gi­ant’s top Wash­ing­ton lob­by­ist in 2012, she has helped to fend off an an­ti­trust in­vest­ig­a­tion and is of­ten at the cen­ter of de­bates over on­line pri­vacy. The com­pany re­cently moved its D.C. op­er­a­tion to a lav­ish new of­fice near Cap­it­ol Hill, com­plete with sev­er­al din­ing areas and a video-game room.

What We're Following See More »
INCLUDES WAIVER FOR MATTIS
Congress Releases Stopgap Funding Bill
7 minutes ago
THE DETAILS

"Congressional negotiators released a stopgap spending bill Tuesday night to avert a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday and to fund federal agencies and programs through April 28." The 70-page continuing resolution includes $170 million to aid Flint, Michigan's water supply, and a waiver that would allow Ret. Gen. James Mattis to assume the role of secretary of Defense.

Source:
INTERSTATE COMPACT GAINING TRACTION
Democrats Explore Electoral College Changes
13 minutes ago
WHY WE CARE

"A number of Capitol Hill Democrats have revived proposals to reform or abolish the Electoral College," chief among Michigan's John Conyers, who "held a panel on Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss options for eliminating the Electoral College and replacing it with a system where a national popular vote elects the president. ... The plan with the most support to reform the election college at the panel was the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, a proposal first developed in 2001 that would give the national popular vote winner the majority of electoral college votes through an agreement between the states."

Source:
EFFORT LIKELY TO DIE IN COMMITTEE
Jordan Can’t Force a Floor Vote on Impeaching Koskinen
13 hours ago
THE LATEST
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan attempted to force a floor vote on impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, but "the House voted overwhelmingly to refer it to the Judiciary Committee. ... The committee will not be required to take up the resolution." Earlier, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi "made a motion to table the resolution, which the House voted against by a 180-235 margin, mostly along party lines."
Source:
AFTER THE VOTE FOR SPEAKER
Ryan: No Committee Assignments Until New Year
18 hours ago
THE DETAILS

House Speaker Paul Ryan has decreed that House members "won’t receive their committee assignments until January — after they cast a public vote on the House floor for speaker. "The move has sparked behind-the-scenes grumbling from a handful of Ryan critics, who say the delay allows him and the Speaker-aligned Steering Committee to dole out committee assignments based on political loyalty rather than merit or expertise." The roll call to elect the speaker is set for Jan. 3, the first vote of the new Congress.

Source:
EXPECTED TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH SPRING
Funding Bill To Be Released Tuesday
1 days ago
THE LATEST

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters on Monday that the government funding bill will be released on Tuesday. The bill is the last piece of legislation Congress needs to pass before leaving for the year and is expected to fund the government through the spring. The exact time date the bill would fund the government through is unclear, though it is expected to be in April or May.

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login