Resume: Timothy J. Muris

BORN

Nov. 18, 1949.

EDUCATION

B.A., San Diego State, 1971; J.D., UCLA, 1974.

YOUNG CONSERVATIVE STAR

Muris joined the Federal Trade Commission straight out of law school. After a Carter Administration hiatus, he was made head of the FTC's Consumer Protection Bureau at 31. Became the FTC's top antitrust cop two years later. Finished the Reagan years as No. 3 at the powerful OMB.

UNUSUAL TALENTS

As a boy, learned how to read 10-digit numbers off train cars and keep a running tally. Knows every nuance of the battles of Manassas.

PHILOSOPHY

An early advocate of allowing mergers on the grounds they create efficiencies. Retooled the FTC Consumer Protection Bureau to focus on fraud rather than deceptive advertising.

FRIEND OF GEORGE

Advised the Bush campaign and assisted with Florida recount. Helped draft Bush's first budget. Was on the short list to head OMB, took the FTC job as a consolation prize.

PASSIONS

Loves baseball at all levels. Coaches Little League and rarely misses his annual pilgrimage to Florida to watch spring training.

FAMILY

Lives in Oakton, Va., with wife, Pam Harmon, a financial planner, and three children.

Data: BusinessWeek

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