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 lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.
Chief of Staff
Ms. Susskind will serve as Chief of Staff and advise Commissioner Carr on wireline and consumer protection 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. 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.
Mr. Adams will advise Commissioner Carr on wireless issues. After starting his career at the Department of Justice, Will clerked for Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He also served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Justin Amash before becoming the President of Red Door Strategies, a political consulting firm. Most recently, Will worked in public finance at Morgan Stanley on infrastructure matters. Will graduated from Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Federalist Society. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
Mr. Swarztrauber will serve as Policy Advisor and advise Commissioner Carr on media issues. He joins Commissioner Carr’s office from TechFreedom, where he was Director of Public Affairs. In that role, Mr. Swarztrauber worked on a wide range of issues, including media ownership, video competition, and the broadcast incentive auction. He also managed the organization’s communications and outreach teams, and represented the organization in a diverse array of coalitions. Additionally, he co-founded and hosted the Tech Policy Podcast since its launch in January 2016, and has written articles and conducted interviews on a variety of tech policy matters.
Prior to his work at TechFreedom, Mr. Swarztrauber served as a communications staffer in the New York State Assembly, and he worked on various political campaigns in New York City. He received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
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.