Jessica Rosenworcel, Gigi Sohn FCC Nominations Submitted to Senate

Jessica Rosenworcel (left) and Gigi Sohn
Jessica Rosenworcel (left) and Gigi Sohn (Image credit: FCC/Public Knowledge)

As it signaled earlier this week, the White House has sent the nominations of acting FCC chairperson Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn for seats on the FCC--Rosenworcel as chair--to the Senate.

President Biden had signaled his intention to nominate them--a renomination in the case of Rosenworcel--but the White House still had to make it official.

The Senate will have to vote, and hold a confirmation hearing for Sohn, before they can be installed in their posts and the FCC have a full complement of five commissioners and a Democratic majority.

The nomination of Alan Davidson to be head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration was also submitted for vetting and a confirmation vote.

The confirmation hearings will be held in the Senate Commerce Committee. If everything goes as planned, the committee will refer them favorably to the full Senate which will vote to approve, which is expected.

If not, Rosenworcel would have to leave by the end of the year since her current five-year term has expired.

John Eggerton

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.