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Wheeler: No Promise to Exit With New President

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler told a Senate Commerce panel Wednesday (March 2) that it was too far in the future for him to commit to resigning his chairmanship after a new president is elected in November.

By custom, the chairman resigns unless specifically asked by the new President to stay on. Wheeler would not have to leave until January 2018.

At an FCC oversight hearing Wednesday (March 2), Commerce chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) asked whether the chairman would follow that custom.

Wheeler said he recognized the chairman's point and understood the precedent and expectation, but said he was not ready to say whether that would be the case with him and that it would not be the "wisest" move to make an "ironclad commitment."

"You don't think a President Trump would renominate him," ranking member Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) joked.