Robert McDowell To Be Re-nominated To FCC

President Barack Obama on Tuesday (June 2) announced his intention to nominate Republican Robert McDowell to a five-year term as Federal Communications commissioner. McDowell’s term ended June 1 but he would have stayed until the current session of Congress ends or a replacement is named to his slot.

The decision by the White House ended speculation that has swirled around Washington, D.C., for several weeks. McDowell, the most recent appointee of President George W. Bush, joined the commission in May 2006, filling the Republican slot vacated by chairman Michael Powell.

After McDowell, the only other nomination outstanding for a major Senate hearing on FCC nominees is the other Republican slot, expected to go to former National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief Meredith Attwell Baker.

In April, Obama nominated Democrat Julius Genachowski to be chairman, and last month he selected Mignon Clyburn, also a Democrat, to fill the vacancy created by Jonathan Adelstein’s announced departure to the Department of Agriculture.

“The NAB salutes President Obama and congratulates commissioner McDowell on today’s announcement,” said NAB executive VP Dennis Wharton. “We have deep respect for commissioner McDowell. His good humor and open-minded approach to issues facing the Commission have served the public well, and we look forward to working with him during his second term.”