President Announces Intent to Renominate Rosenworcel to FCC


6/14/2017 9:57:00 PM

Rosenworcel’s nomination will require U.S. Senate confirmation. The FCC currently has two open seats and a Republican majority.

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President Donald Trump on June 13 announced his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to serve on the Federal Communications Commission. This move comes several months after the President withdrew her name as a candidate for the open Democratic seat.

Rosenworcel left the commission earlier this year after the U.S. Senate failed to confirm her for another term. She became a commissioner in 2012.

Before leaving office in January, President Barack Obama nominated Rosenworcel for an open Democratic slot on the commission, ACA International previously reported. Currently, Republicans have a 2-1 majority on the FCC, led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai. Others on the commission are Republican Michael O’Rielly and Democrat Mignon Clyburn.

“I congratulate Jessica Rosenworcel on the announcement that President Trump will nominate her to serve another term on the Federal Communications Commission,” Pai said in a statement issued Wednesday. “She has a distinguished record of public service, including the four-and-a-half years we worked together at this agency, and I look forward to working with her once again to advance the public interest.”

Clyburn’s term also ends this month, yet her nomination for continued service has not been announced.

“I congratulate Jessica Rosenworcel on the announcement of the president's intent to nominate her to return as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission … I look forward to working with her in the fight for an open Internet, affordable broadband and strong consumer privacy protections,” Clyburn said Wednesday.

Commissioner Michael O'Rielly said, “I appreciate the President announcing his intent to nominate my friend, former commissioner Rosenworcel, for a new term at the commission. If the Senate confirms her nomination, she will bring her expertise, insight and thoughtfulness to communications issues. I look forward to the prospect of returning to work with her on these matters.”

Multichannel News also reports Brendan Carr, the FCC’s acting general counsel, could receive a nomination to fill the remaining seat.

ACA International will continue to follow this story and provide updates in ACA Daily when available.

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