Rush, Butterfield, Clarke Applaud Confirmation of Geoffrey Starks to the Federal Communications Commission

Jan 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), today applauded the U.S. Senate for confirming Geoffrey Starks as a Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

“We congratulate Geoffrey Starks on his confirmation to assume the office of Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.  Commissioner Starks is well known for his expertise, professionalism, and dedication.  As members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, we are confident that Commissioner Starks will be a strong voice in ensuring that our communications networks and technologies serve the needs of communities of color and improve the lives of all Americans.  We thank Senator Schumer for favorably considering our recommendation of this distinguished American.”

 

Background:

The Federal Communications Commission is comprised of five commissioners, each of whom serve five-year terms, and are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  U.S. law requires a 3-2 split in which there are three commissioners from the majority party and two commissioners from the minority party.  Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel currently fills the other Democratic seat on the Commission.  With his confirmation to the FCC, Commissioner Starks is the only Black member of the five-seat commission, after the retirement of former Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in 2018.

On March 7, 2018, the members sent a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging him to recommend the nomination of Geoffrey Starks.  The letter can be viewed here.  Following the nomination of Starks, Rush, Butterfield and Clarke called on the U.S. Senate to confirm Starks without delay.

 

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