Jessica Rosenworcel
Courtesy of the FCC
United States
2022

Federal Communications Commission

Jessica
Rosenworcel

Chair

After serving as one of the FCC’s five commissioners for most of the preceding nine years, Rosenworcel was appointed its acting chair by newly inaugurated President Joe Biden in January 2021. Upon her Senate confirmation that December, she became the first female named permanent chair of the independent governmental agency. She is known as a strong proponent of net neutrality rules — meaning preventing internet service providers from blocking, slowing or charging added fees for certain sites or content — which were repealed under her predecessor Ajit Pai in 2018. But challenges to confirm Gigi Sohn’s nomination to fill the vacant FCC commissioners’ seat (which would give Democrats a 3-2 advantage) — opposed by the DGA for her past stances on copyright law — prevented Rosenworcel from taking action on net neutrality. 

Career

  • Federal Communications Commission

Education

  • Wesleyan University (CT, USA)
  • New York University (NY, USA)

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Jessica Rosenworcel Named Acting FCC Chair

Jessica Rosenworcel Named Acting FCC Chair

Jessica Rosenworcel, the senior Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission, was named acting chair of the agency by President Biden on Thursday.The FCC is currently split 2-2, following the resignation of Ajit Pai, who served as chairman during the Trump administration. Biden will appoint a third Democrat, who will require Senate confirmation, to serve on the commission.Rosenworcel was seen as a leading contender to lead the agency under Biden.“I am honored to be designated as the Acting Chairwoman of the...

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