Deborah T. Tate today officially became the newest member of the FCC when she was sworn in by Chairman Kevin J. Martin in a private ceremony.
The Republican was joined by second-term commissioner Michael J. Copps, a Democrat.
The Senate in late December confirmed Copps and Tate, President Bushs pick to fill the seat left vacant when Martin was named chairman. Tates term will expire in June 2007. Copps lasts until June 2010. He has been a commission member since 2001.
Before joining the FCC, Tate worked for the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, as director and chairman. She also served on the Federal-State Joint Board on Advanced Telecommunications Services. She holds a law degree.
During my time on the FCC, I will work to be a voice for families and consumers, Tate said in a prepared statement. I will endeavor to bring a spirit of consensus and bipartisanship to the FCC; a willingness to build on what Chairman Martin and my fellow commissioners have begun.
During his swearing-in, Copps called the past four-and-a-half years tremendously transformative for the telecommunications and media industries.
The future holds even greater challenge, he said. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the commission, with the Congress, and with all other stakeholders to help bring the most advanced, accessible, and cost-effective communications system in the world to all American consumers.
Prior to the FCC, Copps served as assistant secretary of commerce for trade development at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He holds a Ph.D.
Bush still must nominate one more person to fill the seat vacated by former FCC Chairman Michael Powell, so the FCC remains evenly split with two Democrats and two Republicans.