First Black Woman FCC Commissioner Sworn In

Published August 5, 2009

The first female African-American commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission has been sworn in.
 
The Senate has voted unanimously Monday to confirm Democrat Mignon Clyburn to the Federal Communications Commission, bringing the five-member panel to full force.

Clyburn, daughter of House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, has served as a South Carolina public utilities regulator since 1998. Baker was head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration under the Bush White House.

Commissioner Clyburn will be in charge of executing various communications policies, which include television, radio, and Internet media.

It's a job Mignon says she accepts with great honor.

"It's an incredible day," Mignon told WISTV in Columbia, S.C. "A celebration. A culmination of a dream."

For 11 years, Clyburn was a state public service commissioner. She says she will use her past experience to help the FCC in its efforts to get internet service to every American.

President Obama appointed Mignon Clyburn as one of five FCC commissioners. It's a job with a 5 year term.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Written by BET.com Staff

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