President Joe Biden named Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission.
Rosenworcel, a Democrat, joined the commission in 2012. Before that she served as senior communications counsel for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and practiced communications law.
With the departure of former Chairman Ajit Pai and the inauguration of the new president, the FCC has an open Democratic seat and a 2-2 division by party.
The FCC has never had a female permanent chair; Mignon Clyburn held the acting chair for six months in 2013.
“I thank the president for the opportunity to lead an agency with such a vital mission and talented staff,” Rosenworcel said. “It is a privilege to serve the American people and work on their behalf to expand the reach of communications opportunity in the digital age.”
In a statement, Rosenworcel’s office said she has “worked to promote greater opportunity, accessibility, and affordability in our communications services in order to ensure that all Americans get a fair shot at 21st century success. From fighting to protect net neutrality to ensuring access to the internet for students caught in the Homework Gap, she has been a consistent champion for connecting all. She is a leader in spectrum policy, developing new ways to support wireless services from Wi-Fi to video and the internet of things.”
The National Association of Broadcasters issued a statement applauding the announcement: “She is a dedicated and experienced public servant who has demonstrated great aptitude in leading communications policy during her tenure at the commission.”