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FCC Is Back to Full Strength

Current complement includes the first female African-American

The Federal Communications Commission is back to its full complement of five commissioners.

Former South Carolina Public Service Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat, was sworn in as an FCC commissioner this morning in Columbia, S.C., by Senior Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr., a civil rights attorney and the first African American federal judge to hail from South Carolina. In fact the courthouse where the swearing-in took place is named after Perry, who led the successful court case to integrate Clemson University in 1963.

Meredith Attwell Baker, a Republican, was sworn in on Friday.

Clyburn is the first African American woman as well as the first South Carolinian ever to serve as an FCC commissioner. Clyburn is expected to start at the commission later this week.

Baker’s swearing-in took place in Chairman Julius Genachowski’s office last Friday. The chairman administered the oath of office.

Clyburn and Baker join Democrats Genachowski and Michael Copps and Republican Robert McDowell at the Portals.