Cantwell Applauds Senate Confirmation of Anna Gomez to Complete the Federal Communications Commission, End Years-Long Deadlock

September 7, 2023

Today, the U.S. Senate voted 55-43 to confirm Anna Gomez, President Biden’s nominee to be a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, applauded her confirmation to be the fifth Commissioner, completing the Commission and unlocking the years-long 2-2 deadlock.

“Americans need an FCC that is fully equipped to expand access to affordable high-speed internet, protect and strengthen local news broadcasting, and promote spectrum innovation and emerging technologies,” said Sen. Cantwell. “With today’s bipartisan vote confirming Anna Gomez as its fifth commissioner, the FCC has gained an extremely qualified, thoughtful leader who will bring her expertise and consumer-focus to deliver on these priorities.”

President Biden nominated Anna Gomez on May 30, 2023, the Committee held her nomination hearing on June 22 and the Committee advanced her nomination on July 12. The FCC regulates communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in the United States, oversees critical Bipartisan Infrastructure Law broadband funding and ensures public safety and consumer information is protected.

Anna Gomez has received widespread support from across the telecom industry, trade associations, public interest groups, law enforcement, public safety organizations, unions and educators.