Commissioner Clyburn Stepping Down

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that this week’s Open Meeting would be her last as she would be stepping down from the commission. She has served since 2009 and was notably the first woman to lead the agency when she was named Acting Chairwoman prior to the Senate confirmation of Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Clyburn said this had been the “most incredible opportunity” and she valued the chance to “make a difference to people who did not believe government was here to serve.”

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, like the other commissioners, thanked her. Pai called her “a tremendous leader and a committed public servant.” He added, “I have enjoyed working with her and, even when we have not seen eye-to-eye on policy, I have always held her candor and thoughtfulness in the highest regard.”

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, the remaining Democrat on the panel, said Clyburn is a “dynamo.” She added, “As she departs this agency, she should know her legacy is intact because so many who work on communications policy will continue to be guided by her outstanding example. I consider myself among them.”

Clyburn did not reveal her next steps. As to the open Democrat seat, Politico reports that Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has put the name of Geoffrey Starks, a leader in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, into the hands of White House officials.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: April 20, 2018


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