Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate before being sworn into office on May 11, 2012. Commissioner Rosenworcel first joined DDF in January of 2013.
Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.
Commissioner Rosenworcel recently made a return visit to DDF to discuss a variety of topics she’d like to see the FCC tackle before the end of the year.
Click through for a list of topics Commissioner Rosenworcel said she would like to see the FCC address in the next two months.
Senator Ben Sasse was elected in a landslide victory in November 2014. He has been appointed to serve on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; the Joint Economic Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging.
A historian by training, Senator Sasse comes to the Senate having spent the last five years as a college president. When he was recruited to take over the failing Midland University, the senator was just 37 years old, making him one of the youngest college presidents in the nation. The 130-year-old Lutheran college was on the verge of bankruptcy when he arrived, but became one of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in the country by the time of his departure.
The senator also worked previously in Washington at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, as well as on Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff for Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE).
Most of Senator Sasse’s career has been spent guiding companies and institutions through times of crisis. He has worked with the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey and Company, as well as private equity firms and not-for-profit organizations, to tackle failing strategies across a broad array of sectors and nations.
Senator Sasse last joined DDF in July 2015 for a brief conversation that was cut short by votes. He recently made good on a promise to return to the Forum and continue that conversation.
Senator Mike Rounds was elected in November 2014 and he currently serves on four committees: Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Veterans’ Affairs; and Environment and Public Works. He serves as the Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight.
Senator Rounds previously served as the 31st governor of South Dakota from 2003 – 2011. From 1991 to 2000, he was elected five times to the South Dakota State Senate. In 1995, his colleagues selected him to serve as Senate Majority Leader, a position that he held for six years. He is a former President of the Council of State Governments and Chairman of the Western Governors Association.
The senator recently sat down with DDF to learn more about industry priorities and to urge industry to get more involved in educating Members, their staff, and the public about important policy issues.
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