Geoffrey Starks, who currently serves as an Assistant Chief in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, was nominated by President Trump to fill the FCC Commissioner’s seat currently held by Mignon Clyburn.
Commissioner Clyburn has announced that she will be stepping down. If confirmed by the Senate, Starks will be the second Democratic Commissioner, joining Jessica Rosenworcel. His term will run until 2022.
Senate consideration of his nomination is likely to be paired with an extension of the term of Commissioner Carr, the most recent Republican to join the FCC. If both are approved, the FCC will continue with a 3-2 Republican majority as is usual during the administration of a Republican president. The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on Geoffrey Stark’s nomination to the FCC on June 20.