Washington speculation that Barack Obama would tap Mignon Clyburn for an FCC commissioner’s slot began within days after he won the presidential election on Nov. 4. Now, according to several reports swirling around the nation’s capital late Wednesday evening (April 28), he’s about to make it official.
Clyburn, 46, a former newspaper editor, GM and publisher who has been a commissioner on the South Carolina Public Service Commission for nearly 11 years, is a 1980 graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds a B.S. degree in banking, finance and economics. She is also the oldest daughter of House Majority Whip James Clyburn.
She has reportedly already passed the intensive vetting process and could be scheduled for Senate confirmation with Julius Genachowski, Obama’s pick to chair the FCC, within a few weeks. Commissioners are needed immediately at the FCC. Jonathan Adelstein is preparing to leave the agency to become administrator of the Rural Utilities Service leaving only two commissioners on the five-member panel, acting chairman Michael Copps, a Democrat, and Republican Robert McDowell.
Obama still has to nominate another person for a second Republican Commissioner’s slot.