Senate panel approves FCC commissioner for full term

Senate panel approves FCC commissioner for full term
© Greg Nash

The Senate Commerce Committee voted to confirm Commissioner Brendan Carr for a full five-year term at the Federal Communications Commission.

The panel advanced the nomination in a 14-13 party-line vote on Thursday. Carr, a Republican, was nominated and confirmed in August to a partial term that was set to expire later this year.

“Thank you to @SenateCommerce for acting on my renomination today & for for advancing it to the full Senate,” Carr wrote on Twitter. “If reconfirmed, I look forward to continuing advance policies that will create jobs, spur investment, and grow the economy for the benefit of all Americans.”

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Before he was picked by the White House for a seat at the commission, he served as the FCC’s general counsel after three years as a legal adviser to Ajit Pai, now the FCC chairman.

If Carr is confirmed by a Senate floor vote, his full five-year term will begin on July 1.