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Senate Approves 2nd FCC Term for Clyburn

New five-year term is dated as beginning on July 1, 2012

On Jan. 1, 2013, the U.S. Senate approved a second term for Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, whose current term ran out in 2012, and whose new, full five-year term is dated as beginning on July 1, 2012.

Prior to joining the FCC, Clyburn, whose father is U.S. Rep. Jame

s Clyburn, D-S.C., served for 11 years on South Carolina’s Public Service Commission. She assumed her post as FCC commissioner on Aug. 3, 2009, and her original term was scheduled to end June 30, 2012. However, she was re-nominated to the position on June 7, 2012.

In response to the Senate approval, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski says, “I am so pleased that the Senate has approved Commissioner Clyburn’s re-nomination to the FCC.

“Commissioner Clyburn is an excellent and dedicated public servant and has been a strong advocate in seeking to extend the benefits of broadband to all Americans. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Commissioner Clyburn and congratulate her on her new term.”

In addition to Genachowski, commissioners Robert McDowell and Jessica Rosenworcel issued statements concerning the Senate’s confirmation of Clyburn’s second term.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to my colleague, Mignon Clyburn, on her confirmation by the U.S. Senate for another term,” McDowell says.

“While serving as a commissioner, Mignon has proven to be a passionate advocate for her priorities. At the same time, she has been willing to work towards bipartisan consensus on several important issues, such as finding compromise on our comprehensive reforms of universal service. It has been a privilege working with her and I am delighted that her confirmation will give the American people five more years of her exemplary public service,” he said.

In addition, Rosenworcel says, “I congratulate my fellow commissioner and friend, Mignon Clyburn, on her confirmation to a new term at the Federal Communications Commission.

“Commissioner Clyburn is a conscientious public servant and a thoughtful leader on communications issues important to the American public. I look forward to working with her in the coming years as the Commission examines the changing communications landscape.”