The Senate approved a new term for existing commissioner Brendan Carr and the appointment of Geoffrey Starks to complete the FCC’s roster.
The U.S. Senate voted on terms for two members of the Federal Communications Commission as part of a slate of confirmations completed at the close of the 115th Congress Wednesday, CNBC reports.
Brendan Carr, who replaced Commissioner Mignon Clyburn last year after a nomination from President Donald Trump, was approved for a new five-year term as one of three Republicans serving on the FCC.
Geoffrey Starks, a Democrat and current assistant bureau chief of the FCC’s enforcement bureau, also secured a term after receiving a nomination in June 2018.
The Senate votes leave the FCC with a 3-2 Republican majority including Carr, Commissioner Michael O’Rielly and Chairman Ajit Pai. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is a Democrat, in addition to Starks.
Pai released a statement congratulating Starks and Carr on their terms.
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