I just learned in class that there are five Commissioners in the Federal Trade Commission. They are appointed by the President and each serve for seven years.
The interesting part is that only three of the five Commissioners can be of the same party. The other two Commissioners have to belong to the other political party.
I really like that, it actually gives me more confidence about the decisions of the Trade Commission. I think they will act neutrally because of it, and that's how it should be. I know that a lot of private firms donate to political parties. It would be worrisome if all Commissioners were from the same party. Not that they would definitely choose sides when making decisions. But it still makes me feel better to know that both parties are represented there.