Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

O’Rielly Named to FCC in Move That May Speed Senate Vote

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama named Michael O’Rielly, a congressional aide, to a Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission, setting up a potential Senate vote to approve a new Democratic chairman at the regulatory agency.

O’Rielly, who advises Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, would fill one of two vacant FCC seats, according to a White House announcement released by e-mail. The other seat is for Obama’s choice for FCC chairman, former cable and wireless lobbyist Tom Wheeler, who was named May 1 to succeed Julius Genachowski.

Senators usually pair a Democratic and Republican FCC nominee before voting to approve them, Senator John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, said July 30 as the Commerce Committee cleared Wheeler.

Resignations have left the five-member commission with one Republican and two Democrats, including Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, since May.

To contact the reporter on this story: Todd Shields in Washington at;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.