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Adelstein to Remain at FCC

Adelstein to Remain at FCC

Jonathan Adelstein may remain at the FCC as a commissioner through June 2008. The Senate confirmed his re-nomination this weekend. The Democrat was originally named to the commission to fill out the remainder of Gloria Tristani’s term when she left the agency to run for Congress.
Adelstein’s term expired a year ago but he could remain until this session of Congress adjourned. Leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee backed an effort earlier this year to attain a recess appointment for Adelstein but the White House didn’t move on the re-nomination until recently.
Before joining the FCC, Adelstein served for 15 years as a staff member in the U.S. Senate. For seven years, he was a senior legislative aide to now-outgoing Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., advising Sen. Daschle on telecommunications, financial services, transportation and other issues. Daschle lost his re-election bid.