The Bush Administration has nominated Deborah Tate, a Republican who has served as an FCC commissioner since 2005, for a full five-year term at the agency. Tate, a former director and chairwoman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, had been serving out the term of former FCC Chairman Michael Powell, who left the FCC in March 2005. Tate’s current term expires at the end of this month. If confirmed by the Senate, she would continue to serve at the FCC through June 30, 2012. Applauding the renomination, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin proclaimed that Tate’s “thoughtfulness, dedication and leadership have made [Tate] an invaluable member of the Commission.” Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein also congratulated Tate, declaring: “there are so many challenging issues before the Commission, and I look forward to our continued work together to serve the public interest on behalf of the American people.”