The president, as expected, today announced his intention to nominate Julius Genachowski as FCC chairman.
Six weeks after reports appeared that Julius Genachowski was Barack Obama’s choice to chair the FCC, Obama today made it official.
“I can think of no one better than Julius Genachowski to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,” the president said in announcing his intent to nominate.
“He will bring to the job diverse and unparalleled experience in communications and technology, with two decades of accomplishment in the private sector and public service. I know him as the son of immigrants who carries a deep appreciation for this country and the American dream; and as the proud father of three children working with his wife Rachel to be responsible parents in this digital age.”
Genachowski knows the FCC well. He served as a legal aide to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and FCC General Counsel Bill Kennard during the Clinton administration.
The acting chairman of the FCC, Michael Copps, praised Obama’s selection.
“Julius has the knowledge, experience and dedication to lead this Agency forward as we tackle the many challenges confronting the country — and the commission,” Copps said. “I look forward to the prospect of working with him on a communications agenda focused on serving consumers and the public interest.
“He will find here a talented and energized team of public servants committed to precisely this goal. I wish him a successful Senate confirmation.”
Genachowski is a friend of Obama. They attended Harvard Law School together and Genachowski was an active fundraiser for the Obama campaign.
After the FCC, Genachowski worked a technology executive and entrepreneur. He is co-founder and managing director of LaunchBox Digital and Rock Creek Ventures, and a special adviser at General Atlantic. He was a senior executive for eight years at IAC/InterActiveCorp, where his positions included chief of business operations and general counsel.
His other government service includes stints as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and, before that, for the late Associate Justice William J. Brennan.
He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
And he also served on the staff of U.S. Rep. (now Senator) Charles E. Schumer, and also the staff of the House Select Committee Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair.
Genachowski received a J.D. in 1991 from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was co-notes editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a B.A. in 1985 from Columbia College (magna cum laude).
Genachowski was raised in New York, and now lives in Washington. He is married to Rachel Goslins and has three children, Jacob, Lilah and Aaron.