Obama Nominates Baker for Final FCC Spot
President Obama selects former NTIA leader and telecommunications lobbyist Meredith Attwell Baker to complete the Republican side of the Federal Communications Commission.President Obama June 25 nominated Meredith Attwell Baker, who was acting assistant secretary of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Bush administration, to fill the final Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission. Earlier in June, Obama nominated Republican Robert McDowell to serve a second term on the FCC. For the three Democratic FCC seats, Obama has already nominated executive Julius Genachowski to serve as chairman of the FCC and South Carolina Public Service Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to join Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps. Genachowski and McDowell's nominations have been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee and are awaiting a final Senate vote.
In addition to her NTIA background, Baker brings a great deal of Washington experience and connections to her FCC nomination, starting with a gig at the State Department working for James A. Baker, the former secretary of state and treasury secretary under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.