The FCC just managed to get back to full strength when Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai were sworn into office. And now a step has been taken by President Barack Obama to avoid another commissioner shortage.
Democrat Mignon Clyburn has been a commissioner since July 2009 when she took over the seat of Jonathan Adelstein, who moved on to other federal duties. Her term is set to expire 6/30/12.
However, Obama has nominated her for another term.
All four of her FCC 8th Floor colleagues supported the move and offered congratulatory statements.
Julius Genachowski: “In renominating Commissioner Clyburn, President Obama has made an outstanding choice for the Commission and for the American people. As I know from working with her for the past several years, Commission Clyburn is a strong leader, focused on helping all Americans harness the benefits of broadband. I congratulate her.”
Robert McDowell: “I congratulate my friend and colleague, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, on her nomination for another term to the FCC. She has proven herself to be a tireless and conscientious public servant. I look forward to working with her and all of my colleagues as we strive to serve the American public. I wish the best of luck in the confirmation process to this diligent and thoughtful policy maker.”
Jessica Rosenworcel: “I have only had the privilege of working with Commissioner Clyburn for a brief period. But in that time, I have come to respect her great enthusiasm for the communications opportunities of the digital age and her deep commitment to public service. I congratulate her on President Obama announcing his intent to renominate her for the position of FCC Commissioner.”
Ajit Pai: “I congratulate my fellow Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn on her nomination for another term on the Federal Communications Commission. Commissioner Clyburn is a dedicated public servant who has provided an important voice on many communications issues over the past three years. I appreciate the collegial approach she has brought to our joint labors during my short time at the Commission and look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.”
RBR-TVBR observation: This re-nomination should go through the Senate with no problem – unless a senator disgruntled for any imaginable reason decides to put a hold on it.