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Radio News: Trump nominates Democrat Starks to replace Clyburn on FCC

Jun 05, 2018 10:50 pm
Ars Technica reports that President Donald Trump did follow normal tradition and nominated FCC Assistant Enforcement Bureau Chief Geoffrey Starks to fill the open seat on the Federal Communications Commission. The president usually appoints his own party's nominees for the Federal Communications Commission board, and accepts and approves recommendations from the opposing party. Starks would replace Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat who recently retired. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, from New York, recommended Starks. At the FCC, in the enforcement division, Starks worked on "waste, fraud, and abuse in Universal Service Fund programs," according to Politico. Republicans, with the GOP in the White House, maintain a 3-2 majority on the FCC board.