The third Democrat member of the Obama FCC is likely to be Mignon Clyburn, a member of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina and daughter of the House majority whip. In addition to her work as a utility regulator, she also ran a newspaper. Many who have worked with her characterize Clyburn as a hard worker who’s fair and makes decisions based on facts.
Julius Genachowski, a one-time FCC general counsel and high-tech businessman, is, according to all reports, President Obama’s choice to become the next FCC chairman.
If so, when he finally takes his seat, he’ll be looking for support for his agenda from the two other Democratic commissioners that the law allows on the five-person agency during a Democratic administration.
One of his fellow Democrats and nominal allies will be Michael Copps, who is now enjoying a run as interim chairman while Genachowski is vetted, nominated and confirmed — a process that could take a few months.
The other will likely be a South Carolinian little known within Washington’s insular communications policy-making world. She is Mignon Clyburn, currently in her 11th year as a member of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina.
Clyburn would replace Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, whose FCC term expired last year, but who may continue serving at the FCC until the end of this year or until a replacement is appointed.
Clyburn has attributes that will surely help in landing the FCC job, which will raise her annual income from $99,400 to $158,500.