Trump’s nominee to FCC, a Democrat, confirmed by U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate voted last Wednesday to confirm Democrat Geoffrey Starks as a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Under federal law, only three of the five FCC commissioners can be from the same political party, so President Trump nominated Starks based on recommendations from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). The FCC is an independent federal agency formed in 1934 that regulates interstate and international radio, television and other communications.

The terms for these commissioners are five-years. Michael O’Rielly, a Republican, is the commissioner with the next expiring term—June 30, 2019. With this recent confirmation, the breakdown is now three Republican commissioners and two Democratic commissioners.

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