The FCC appeared poised to gain its first full contingent of commissioners in months as President Obama on Tuesday nominated two former FCC staffers—a Democrat and a Republican—to fill vacant seats at the agency. Ajit Pai, a Republican and former FCC deputy general counsel, has been appointed to assume the seat vacated by former FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker, who left the FCC in June to join Comcast. Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, meanwhile, has been named to replace FCC Commissioner and former interim FCC Chairman Michael Copps, who is slated to step down from the FCC by the end of this year. Currently the senior communications counsel to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Rosenworcel worked at the FCC between 1999 and 2007. In addition to assisting FCC Commissioner Copps as senior legal advisor with respect to wireline issues, Rosenworcel has served as legal counsel to the chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and as attorney-advisor within the agency’s now defunct Common Carrier Bureau. Pai, the FCC’s deputy general counsel during the tenure of former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, also served as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights and property rights and as senior counsel at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy. Contingent upon Senate confirmation, Rosenworcel’s initial FCC term would end on June 30, 2015, and Pai would serve through June 30, 2016. Both nominees won generous praise from their future FCC colleagues, outgoing FCC Commissioner Copps, leaders on Capitol Hill, and executives throughout the telecom industry. Applauding Rosenworcel’s appointment, Copps voiced “great pride that I see a former colleague and member of my team nominated for this seat.” Copps added that Pai’s experience “prepares him well for the many urgent telecom and media challenges facing the Commission.” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski lauded both nominees as “two outstanding choices for the Commission and the American people.” FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, meanwhile, predicted that Pai “will bring . . . a deep understanding of the issues that come before the Commission,” as Rockefeller hailed Rosenworcel as “an undisputed communications law expert who has earned the respect of both Democrats and Republicans alike.”