FCC Restored to Five Members with Senate Confirmations


The Senate approved a new term for existing commissioner Brendan Carr and the appointment of Geoffrey Starks to complete the FCC’s roster.

1/3/2019 11:30

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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