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Mignon Clyburn Nominated to FCC

Obama nominee is the oldest daughter of House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn.

President Barack Obama Wednesday announced the nomination of Mignon Clyburn to fill an open seat on the Federal Communications Commission.

Clyburn, a commissioner on the South Carolina Public Service Commission, is the oldest daughter of House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn.


She would fill one of the open Democratic seats on the five-member board, which currently has three vacancies.


Obama has announced his intent to nominate Julius Genachowski, a former FCC staffer and IAC/InterActive Corporation executive, to fill the chairman's seat, but that nomination remains on hold in the Senate where Republicans hope to get his approval paired with a Republican commissioner nominee.

“I congratulate Mignon Clyburn on the welcome news that President Obama intends to nominate her as FCC Commissioner,” acting FCC chairman Michael J. Copps said in a statement. “The experience she brings from her service on South Carolina's Public Service Commission will be an invaluable asset as we address the many challenges and opportunities that are before us. I wish her a successful Senate confirmation and look forward to working with her over the coming months and years in serving consumers and the public interest.”