Takes over the Republican seat at Commission

On their way out the door for the Memorial Day holiday, the Senate confirmed Robert McDowell—by unanimous consent—to be the FCC’s fifth commissioner. He takes over the Republican seat at the Commission previously held by Kathleen Abernathy. McDowell’s term will run through 2009.

The nomination had been held up since mid-March, due to a senatorial privilege that can block nominations if one senator objects for any reason. The reasons for that hold, apparently, have been resolved.

FCC chairman Kevin Martin said in a prepared statement “I congratulate Rob McDowell on his confirmation as commissioner at the FCC. He has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the communications arena, and we will rely on his insight. I am anxious to have him onboard and look forward to working with a full complement of commissioners to address the important issues before us.”