President George W. Bush has announced his intention to nominate commissioner Jonathan Adelstein to the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2008.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President George W. Bush has announced his intention to nominate commissioner Jonathan Adelstein to the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2008. The Democrat from South Dakota has served as commissioner since 2002.

Adelstein's renomination was unexpected, especially in light of Bush's re-election. The commissioner's mentor was Democratic Senator Tom Daschle, a Bush foe. Before joining the FCC, Adelstein served as a senior legislative aide to Daschle.

However, some Washington insiders suggested Bush would renominate Adelstein to affect a compromise with Democrats over upcoming hearings for conservative judicial nominees.

An outspoken critic of media consolidation, Adelstein called the FCC's June 2003 ownership rulemaking "the most destructive rollback of media ownership protection in the history of American broadcasting." Adelstein has also taken tough stances on indecency and localism and has stood up for artist rights.

Earlier in his career, Adelstein was a teaching fellow in the History Department at Harvard University and a teaching assistant in the History Department at Stanford University. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Stanford University.

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