President Joe Biden introduced his intent to nominate veteran telecommunications lawyer Anna Gomez as an FCC commissioner. The president also announced the renominations of FCC commissioners Brendan Carr (a Republican) and Geoffrey Starks (a Democrat) for five-calendar year phrases.
If Gomez is confirmed by the Senate to provide as an FCC commissioner, Democrats will have a 3-2 edge at the agency, which is led by FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat. Trump appointee Nathan Simington is the other GOP commissioner. Biden’s prior decide for the open seat at the FCC, Gigi Sohn, withdrew her title from thing to consider after her affirmation was stymied together party lines.
Gomez currently will work at the Point out Department, wherever she serves as a senior adviser for intercontinental facts and communications coverage in the bureau of cyberspace and electronic policy. Gomez served as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) deputy administrator from 2009 to 2013. She also served for 12 years in different positions at the FCC, including as deputy chief of the global bureau and as senior legal adviser to then-Chairman William E. Kennard.
Prior to joining the State Division in 2023, Gomez was a partner in Wiley LLP’s telecommunications media and technologies group. Gomez also was VP for federal and point out federal government affairs at Dash Nextel and an associate at Arnold and Porter. Born in Orlando, Fla., Gomez expended her childhood in Bogota, Colombia, prior to her loved ones relocated to New Jersey. She now resides in Virginia.
“I congratulate Anna Gomez on her nomination to provide as FCC commissioner,” Rosenworcel explained in a assertion. “She brings with her a wealth of telecommunications working experience, a sizeable file of general public provider, and a heritage of doing the job to guarantee the U.S. stays on the chopping edge of keeping us all related. I would like her all the ideal during the affirmation method.” Rosenworcel also congratulated Carr and Starks on their renominations.
Brenda Victoria Castillo, president and CEO of the Countrywide Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), stated in a statement, “We at the Countrywide Hispanic Media Coalition are elated with President Biden’s determination to nominate Anna Gomez to the Federal Communications Fee. This is a monumental phase ahead for our local community, as it has been more than two a long time given that a Latino commissioner has represented our neighborhood by means of just one of the agency’s five commissioner seats. As just about 20% of the United States population, having a Latino voice on the commission is crucial for the electronic age.”