March 03, 2009, 4:20 PM — President Barack Obama Tuesday nominated Julius Genachowski as chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
"I can think of no one better than Julius Genachowski to serve as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He will bring to the job diverse and unparalleled experience in communications and technology, with two decades of accomplishment in the private sector and public service," Obama said in a statement announcing the nomination.
Genachowski, who has been an adviser to Obama, was considered a leading contender to be tapped as the nation's next FCC chairman. He previously was chief counsel to former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and was special counsel to FCC General Counsel William Kennard, who also later served as chairman. Genachowski, who is an advocate of network neutrality, has a wide range of experience in legal circles and also in technology.
He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991 and served as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter and prior to that clerked for Justice William Brennan, as well as for U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Abner Mikva. He was on the staff of Charles Schumer when the New York senator was in the U.S. House or Representatives and served on the staff of the House committee that investigated the Iran-Contra scandal.
As for his technology work, Genachowski co-founded LaunchBox Digital and is a managing director there as well as at Rock Creek Ventures. He also served as a special adviser at General Atlantic and worked for eight years as a senior executive at IAC/InterActive.
Genachowski was raised in New York and now lives in Washington, D.C.