On May 7, 2012, the US Senate confirmed Federal Communications
Commission nominees Ajit V. Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel as
Commissioners, filling the Commission's two vacant seats and
restoring the Commission to its full five member panel. The two
nominees are expected to be sworn in before the end of the week and
begin their five year terms.
Ms. Rosenworcel is senior counsel for the US Senate Commerce
Committee on Communications Technology and the Internet. She has
worked for Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) since
2009 and previously worked for Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) from 2007
to 2008. She served at the FCC as senior legal advisor to Copps
from 2003 to 2007 and as legal counsel to the Wireline Bureau chief
from 2002 to 2003. From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Rosenworcel practiced law
as a communications associate at the law firm Drinker Biddle and
Reath. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from
New York University School of Law.
Mr. Pai is currently a partner at the law firm Jenner &
Block. He had previously been mentioned as a candidate for the
Commission in 2009 when Commissioner Baker was ultimately
appointed. He previously served as chief counsel to the Senate
Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Civil Rights and as
senior counsel at the Office of Legal Policy at the Justice
Department. Pai began his career as a law clerk to Judge Martin
Feldman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of
Louisiana, and then joined the Justice Department as an Honors
Program trial attorney in the Telecommunications Task Force of the
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