Jessica Rosenworcel, one of three Democratic commissioners in service at the FCC, has been re-nominated by President Obama for a second term at the agency. Rosenworcel’s current FCC term is scheduled to expire on June 30. The nomination, announced by the White House on Wednesday, would provide Rosenworcel with a full five-year term that would expire on June 30, 2020.
Formerly a top aide to the Senate Commerce Committee and an advisor to former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, Rosenworcel assumed the FCC seat once held by Copps in 2012. Rosenworcel will continue to serve in her current capacity during the Senate confirmation process, which is expected to take several months to complete.
Welcoming the news, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler described Rosenworcel as “a tireless advocate for increasing access to crucial telecommunications services and leveraging technology to improve people’s lives.” Along a similar vein, Commissioner Ajit Pai applauded Rosenworcel’s advocacy “on issues ranging from public safety to the importance of freeing up more unlicensed spectrum,” as his Republican colleague, Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, affirmed that Rosenworcel’s “insights are always much appreciated.” Declaring it a “tremendous privilege to work with my colleagues, the talented staff of the Commission, and the American people,” Rosenworcel said, “I look forward to the . . . Senate considering my nomination.”