FCC chair Ajit Pai has named Timothy Strachan director of the office of legislative affairs.
Strachan has been an attorney in the office since arriving at the commission in 2008, under then chairman Kevin Martin, and more recently has been acting director since the change in administrations.
“We deal with critical and complex policy issues at the agency, and Tim’s intelligence, experience and communications skills go a long way in helping the agency be responsive to and transparent with Congress," Pai said in making the appointment.
Strachan's resume includes counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as radio work as a sportscaster for University of Maryland football games (he is an alumnus with a degree in communications).
The legislative affairs office is the principal point of contact between the FCC and Congress, a Congress currently controlled by Republicans in agreement with Pai's deregulatory philosophy.
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.