Ajit Pai, Jessica Rosenworcel to be sworn in this week

The Senate on Monday confirmed Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel to fill two vacancies on the FCC.

Pai and Rosenworcel are expected to be sworn in sometime this week. They fill slots created by the departure of Michael Copps, who retired at the end of 2011, and Meredith Attwell Baker, who left almost a year ago for an exec post with Comcast.

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said the two new commissioners “bring deep knowledge of our sector and proven track records of accomplishment. President Obama made an outstanding choice in their nominations, and I look forward to working with them.”

Pai was most recently a partner at Jenner & Block and also served as associate general counsel at Verizon. Rosenworcel has been senior communications counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee, where she worked for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) She worked at the FCC from 1999 to 2007, including a stint as legal adviser to Copps.

Pai and Rosenworcel were nominated last fall, but their confirmations were held up by a hold placed by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), although it was unrelated to their nominations. He had sought documents from the FCC related to its preliminary approval of the LightSquared wireless project but lifted the hold late last month.

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