President Trump has appointed Ajit Pai as new Chairman of the FCC replacing the exiting Tom Wheeler.
The Republican Pai has served on the FCC since his 2012 nomination by President Obama and was the leading voice behind the recent AM Revitalization efforts. Prior to becoming a commissioner, Pai worked for multiple federal agencies and as Associate General Counsel for Verizon. From 2007-2011 he worked at the FCC’s Office of General Counsel.
Pai released the following statement regarding his appointment:
— I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States for
designating me the 34th Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. I look forward to working with the new Administration, my colleagues at the Commission, members of Congress, and the American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans
The two remaining commissioners also released statements on the appointment of Pai.
Mignon Clyburn wrote, “I congratulate Commissioner Ajit Pai on being named
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Ajit is bright, driven and committed to bringing connectivity to all Americans. I am hopeful that we can come together to serve the public interest by supporting competition, public safety, and consumer protection.”
Michael O’Reilly stated, “I offer my sincere congratulations and best wishes to my friend and colleague, Commissioner Ajit Pai, for being designated as Chair of the FCC. His thoughtful approach, deep knowledge base, and sense of humor have been great assets to the Commission, and it makes sense that President Trump handpicked him to carry out the new Administration’s broad vision for the agency. I know the Commission will thrive under his leadership, and I look forward to working with him and his team to tackle the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities that will present themselves.”