FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had kind words for Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai, the Democrat and Republican respectively who have had their names put forth as the next two commissioners at the FCC. The other three sitting commissioners have also offered congratulations and kind words.
Rosenworcel will be replacing Michael Copps, and Pai will be taking the slot vacated by Meredith Baker last summer.
Said Copps, ““The President’s nominations today hold the promise of achieving a full five-member Commission before the year is out. I congratulate both nominees. I know first-hand what a gifted public servant Jessica Rosenworcel is because she worked in my office in a number of capacities, including senior Legal Adviser. Her experience here, combined with her current Congressional work, give her a perspective on telecom and media issues both wide and deep. Her dedication, intelligence, and practical good judgment make her an ideal choice for Commissioner. As I look forward to completing my term here at the Commission, it is with great pride that I see a former colleague and member of my team nominated for this seat. I have also had the pleasure of working with Ajit Pai while he served in the Commission’s Office of General Counsel. During that time, he provided valuable counsel on many of the complex matters coming before the Commission. Ajit’s experience, both at the agency and on Capitol Hill, prepares him well for the many urgent telecom and media challenges confronting the Commission. I wish both Jessica and Ajit well as they navigate the confirmation process, and I commend the President on the quality of his nominees.”
Robert McDowell, who has been the lone Republican since Baker’s exit, said, “I welcome President Obama’s nominations of Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai to serve as commissioners at the FCC and look forward to returning to a five member Commission. I had the pleasure of working with Jessica when she served in the Office of Commissioner Mike Copps and recently while at the Senate Commerce Committee. She is a tireless public servant who, if confirmed, will bring a unique perspective to our discussions at the FCC. Ajit, if confirmed, will bring a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors as well as a solid understanding of the issues that come before the Commission. American consumers will be well served by his strong background. I wish both Jessica and Ajit well in the confirmation process.”
Mignon Clyburn added, ” I congratulate Jessica and Ajit on their nominations and look forward to what will hopefully be swift confirmations. Restoring a full bench to the FCC is something that will benefit both the discourse and productivity of the Commission. Both of these nominees are well respected for their legal acumen and collegiality, and I look forward to working with them.”