Obama taps Mignon Clyburn for second FCC term

President Barack Obama this week nominated Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat, to a second term on the Federal Communications Commission.


Clyburn's term on the independent regulatory panel was set expire at the end of the month. In July 2009, she was confirmed unanimously to her first term on the five-member FCC.

Clyburn is the daughter of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the assistant minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Before her confirmation to the FCC, Clyburn chaired the Public Service Commission of South Carolina.

In a statement Wednesday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a Democrat, praised Obama's decision to renominate Clyburn as an "outstanding choice."

He said, "As I know from working with her for the past several years, Commissioner Clyburn is a strong leader, focused on helping all Americans harness the benefits of broadband."

Clyburn's nomination to a second term comes a month after the Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed Ajit Varadaraj Pai, a Republican, and Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, to fill vacancies on the commission. Obama announced their nominations Oct. 31.

For more:
- see the White House release

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