Obama nominates Pai, Rosenworcel to FCC

A pair of former FCC attorneys have been nominated by President Obama to fill vacant commission seats.

Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, who's currently a Senate aide, and Republican lawyer Ajit Pai were nominated to join the five-member commission.

The commission currently has four members. Republican Meredith Attwell Baker resigned in May to go to work for Comcast, which at the time created quite a hubbub. Baker earlier this year had voted to approve Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal, and many criticized her for what they felt was a conflict of interest. Pai would replace her if approved.

Rosenworcel would replace Democrat Michael Copps, whose term has expired, though Copps can continue serving until this session of Congress concludes later this year.

Pai is a partner with Jenner & Block LLP and previously was deputy general counsel at the FCC and chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights, the White House reported in a release.

Rosenworcel is a former Coops staffer and is the senior communications counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee.

For more:
- see this Bloomberg article

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