Senate Confirms Starks, Carr as FCC Commissioners
Thursday, January 03, 2019 | Comments

The Senate confirmed Geoffrey Adam Starks as commissioner of the FCC for a term of five years from July 1, 2017. Starks, a Democrat, replaces former commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who resigned last year. The Senate Commerce Committee approved the nomination of Starks June 20, 2018.

Starks serves as assistant bureau chief for the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. Previously, he was senior counsel to Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole in the Department of Justice.

The senate also confirmed current FCC commissioner Brendan Carr for a term of five years from July 1, 2018. First confirmed to the FCC Aug. 3, 2017, the Senate Commerce Committee most recently approved Carr’s nomination for a second term in January 2018.

“The agreement to pair and confirm these nominees finally gives us a full FCC to decide important questions about spectrum management, the deployment of broadband to underserved communities, and building next generation wireless networks,” said Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. “I congratulate Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr on this Senate action allowing them to turn their attention toward work benefiting the public.”

“I congratulate Geoffrey on his Senate confirmation,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “He brings a wealth of experience and expertise, including having served most recently as assistant chief in the Enforcement Bureau. During his confirmation hearing, I was excited to hear him highlight the need to expand rural broadband and the power of telemedicine. I look forward to working with him and having a fellow Kansan on the commission.

“I also congratulate Brendan on his confirmation to a full term. Brendan has done tremendous work on a number of issues, including his leadership on wireless infrastructure modernization. He has also been a staunch advocate for rural broadband deployment, particularly for precision agriculture and advancements in telemedicine.”

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