Pai Picks His No. 2 In Legislative Affairs


An individual who since 2010 has served as an associate director and senior legislative analyst in the FCC’s Office of Legislative Affairs has just been chosen to serve as the office’s Deputy Director.

Jim Balaguer takes the role after serving as the Commission’s primary liaison to Congress on wireline issues, including universal service, broadband adoption, and the Internet Protocol (IP) transition.

“Jim has a well-deserved reputation for excellence on legislative issues, both within the agency and on Capitol Hill, and I thank him for agreeing to take on this new role,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “We’ve come to rely on Jim’s political acumen, experience, and dedication.”

During the 2000s, Balaguer served in several roles in the Office of Legislative
Affairs, serving as the lead liaison on consumer protection issues, including telemarketing policy, caller ID spoofing, and disability access policy, as well as tribal telecom and international communications issues.

He began his FCC career in the former Enforcement Division, now known as the Wireline Competition Bureau.

The Office of Legislative Affairs is the FCC’s primary liaison to Congress and provides
lawmakers with information regarding FCC regulatory decisions, answers to policy questions, assistance with constituent concerns, and responses to Congressional inquiries.