O’Rielly Will Need A New Chief Of Staff


It appears Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly will be seeking out a new Chief Of Staff and Media Advisor.

After 12 months in the dual roles, Brooke Ericson has announced her pending departure from the Commission.

Ericson took the role in O’Rielly’s office following a nine-month stint as Deputy Chief of Staff for Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.). It was a return to Johnson’s Capitol Hill office for Ericson, who worked for the senator as his Legislative Counsel from March 2013 until January 2015, when she took on a role as Chief Council for Homeland Security on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

She began her political career in April 2011 as Legislative Counsel to Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), following her graduation from American University Washington College of Law.

O’Rielly commented on Ericson’s Oct. 31 departure.  “I cannot thank Ms. Ericson enough for her willingness to join my office last year to serve such an important role, and I will miss her greatly as she heads to a new professional opportunity,” he said without divulging where she is headed. “Quite simply, Brooke’s leadership skills, substantive knowledge, and deep political acumen were constantly on display. Any influence I have had over the many Commission policies over the last many months were a direct result of her great work. I know that she will be widely successful in her new endeavors.”