Trump to Nominate Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel for FCC Empty Seat

Just months after withdrawing her name as a candidate for the open Democratic seat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to serve on the Commission.

Led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC currently has a 2-1 Republican majority, with other seats filled by Michael O’Rielly (R) and Mignon Clyburn (D). Commissioner Clyburn’s term also ends this month; a nomination for her continued service has not yet been announced.

In a statement issued yesterday, Chairman Pai said, “I congratulate Jessica Rosenworcel on the announcement that President Trump will nominate her to serve another term on the Federal Communications Commission. She has a distinguished record of public service, including the four-and-a-half years we worked together at this agency, and I look forward to working with her once again to advance the public interests.”

Rosenworcel became a commissioner in 2012 and served on the FCC before leaving earlier this year after the U.S. Senate failed to confirm her for another term. Now, with Trump’s intent to nominate her for the FCC, it’s likely that she will fill the seat shortly.

Although no Republican nominee has yet been announced to fill former Chairman Tom Wheeler’s seat, it has been reported that the FCC’s acting general counsel, Brendan Carr, is a frontrunner.