Clyburn Sworn In As FCC Commissioner
August 3, 2009 at 4:22 PM (PT)
The FCC reached full-strength with MONDAY's swearing-in of MIGNON CLYBURN as Commissioner. CLYBURN, the first African-American female Commissioner on the FCC, was sworn in by Sr. District Judge MATTHEW J. PERRY, JR. of the U.S. District Court for the District of SOUTH CAROLINA.
CLYBURN issued a statement which read, "I am deeply honored that President OBAMA and the U.S. Senate have entrusted me with the privilege of serving as a Commissioner of the FCC. I look forward to working with the Administration, Congress, Chairman GENACHOWSKI, my fellow Commissioners and the incredibly talented FCC staff, to ensure that all Americans enjoy the tremendous benefits offered by modern communications. This is an exciting and challenging time in our nation’s history. I am eager to hear from and work with all stakeholders to carry out, along with my colleagues, communications policies that protect consumers and encourage robust competition and innovation.
"It is also the highest honor to have Judge PERRY preside over today’s ceremony. As a civil rights pioneer and one of SOUTH CAROLINA's foremost jurists, Judge PERRY has exemplified thoughtfulness, dedication and perseverance. He is an inspiration to all Americans, and I aim to follow his commitment to public service in my new role as Commissioner of the FCC."
Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI added, "It is a pleasure to welcome MIGNON CLYBURN to the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION. MIGNON is a dedicated public servant with years of state-level and private-sector experience and it's an honor to serve alongside such a talented colleague. At this critical moment in history, I look forward to collaborating with my fellow Commissioners on ways that the agency can improve the lives of all Americans through communications."