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FCC Chairman Resigns

December 16, 2016

(POLITICO) Democratic FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said today he would resign, ending months of will-he or won't-he speculation about his plans. His departure means that the FCC will start President-elect Donald Trump's administration with a 2-1 majority, allowing the new Republican majority to immediately begin dismantling Obama-era regulations. While it is customary for FCC chairmen to resign at the start of a new administration, Wheeler had for months refused to publicly commit to stepping down when Obama leaves office, angering Republican lawmakers who held up the confirmation of his fellow FCC Democrat, Jessica Rosenworcel. The Senate did not approve Rosenworcel for a new term before it left town for recess last week, and she will have to leave the commission by Jan. 3.