President Donald Trump said he will nominate Brendan Carr, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) general counsel, to serve as a Republican commissioner at the agency.
Carr will serve as a close ally to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. He was a legal adviser to Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues before working as the FCC’s general counsel.
Confirming Carr as commissioner would fill out all the remaining positions at the five-member agency, assuming President Trump’s other nominations get confirmed. The Senate will have to reconfirm Ajit Pai for another term; the president also nominated Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the remaining Democratic FCC commissioner position.
FCC chair Ajit Pai released a statement, applauding Carr for his nomination. Pai said, “I congratulate Brendan Carr on the President’s announcement that he will be nominated to serve as an FCC Commissioner. Brendan has a distinguished record of public service, having worked at the agency for over five years, including most recently as the FCC’s General Counsel. In particular, Brendan’s expertise on wireless policy and public safety will be a tremendous asset to the Commission. I look forward to working with him in his new role and wish him all the best during the confirmation process.”