Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017.
Commissioner Carr brings to the position over a dozen years of public and private sector experience in technology and communications law and policy.
Most recently, Commissioner Carr served as the General Counsel of the FCC. In that role, he served as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and FCC staff on all matters within the agency's jurisdiction. Previously, he served as the lead advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Before that, he worked as an attorney in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of spectrum policy, competition, and public safety matters.
Prior to joining the Commission in 2012, Mr. Carr was an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked in the firm's appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He represented clients in both trial and appellate court proceedings, including complex litigation involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act.
Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Carr graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. He also served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Catholic University Law Review. Mr. Carr received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
Commissioner Carr grew up in Virginia. He now lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Machalagh Carr, and their two boys, Quinn and Emmett.
Chief of Staff
Ms. Susskind will serve as Chief of Staff and advise Commissioner Carr on wireline issues. She joins Commissioner Carr's office from the United States Senate, where she served as Chief Counsel to Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE). In that role, Ms. Susskind managed the Senator's priorities on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Prior to joining Senator Fischer's office, Ms. Susskind was detailed from the FCC to serve as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet.
Previously, Ms. Susskind worked in the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, where she held various roles, including Legal Advisor to the Bureau Chief and Acting Assistant Division Chief of the Pricing Policy Division. Earlier in her career, Ms. Susskind was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Mary J. Schoelen on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. She graduated from the Antonin Scalia Law School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Acting Legal Advisor for Media, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement
Ms. Patel will advise Commissioner Carr on media, consumer protection, and enforcement matters. Ms. Patel is on detail from the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, where she serves as a Deputy Chief of the Competition Policy Division. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Patel served as Counsel in the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice of Hogan Lovells US LLP. Prior to that, she practiced communications law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Sidley Austin LLP. Ms. Patel graduated summa cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acting Legal Advisor for Wireless and Public Safety
Mr. Holmes will advise Commissioner Carr on wireless and public safety issues. Mr. Holmes joins the office from the FCC's Office of Legislative Affairs, where he worked on spectrum, mobile broadband, and public safety issues. Previously, Mr. Holmes worked in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, both as an interim Legal Advisor in the Office of the Bureau Chief and as an Attorney Advisor in the Broadband Division. Earlier in his career, Mr. Holmes was a legislative aide to Senator Spencer Abraham. Mr. Holmes holds an LL.M. in Law and Government from the American University Washington College of Law, a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law, and a B.A. from Kalamazoo College.
Ms. Johnson is responsible for managing administrative operations, schedule and travel arrangements for Commissioner Carr. Ms. Johnson has held several positions at the FCC. She served initially as the Confidential Assistant to then FCC Chairman William Kennard. Most recently, Ms. Johnson served in the Office of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn as Confidential Assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff. Before joining the agency, Ms. Johnson served as Project Director for the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission. She also worked as Special Assistant to former Speaker of the House Thomas Foley.