Commissioner Michael O'Rielly: click for press photo

Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. On January 29, 2015, he was sworn into office for a new term, following his re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.

Prior to joining the agency Commissioner O’Rielly served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, since January 2013. He worked in the Republican Whip’s Office since 2010, as an Advisor from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director from 2012 to 2013 for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.

He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, Commissioner O’Rielly worked in the Office of U.S. Senator John Sununu, as Legislative Director from 2007 to 2009, and Senior Legislative Assistant from 2003 to 2007. Before his tenure as a Senate staffer, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003, and Telecommunications Policy Analyst from 1995 to 1998.

He began his career as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom Bliley from 1994 to 1995.

Commissioner O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Brooke Ericson

Brooke Ericson

Chief of Staff, Press Contact, Legal Advisor, Media

Ms. Ericson joins the FCC after serving more than six years in the U.S. Congress. Most recently, she was Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Ron Johnson where she managed the Senator’s office and oversaw the Senator’s communications work on the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Prior to this position, she served as Chief Counsel for Homeland Security for the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs under Chairman Johnson. Before joining Senator Johnson’s office, Ms. Ericson was legislative counsel to Congressman Cliff Stearns where she handled his communications work on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Ms. Ericson received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Journalism and Mass Communication and American Studies.

Erin McGrath

Erin McGrath

Legal Advisor, Wireless, Public Safety and International

Ms. McGrath has worked at the Commission since March 2000. Most recently, she was Legal Advisor to Commissioner Robert M. McDowell focusing primarily on media issues. Prior to joining Commissioner McDowell’s staff, she was an Assistant Division Chief in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Mobility Division. During this time, she engaged in numerous rulemaking proceedings, reviewed several major wireless and media transactions, and managed post-auction licensing matters. She also served as interim Legal Advisor to Commissioner Meredith A. Baker for wireless, international, and public safety issues. Ms. McGrath received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Amy Bender

Amy Bender

Legal Advisor, Wireline

Ms. Bender served as a Deputy Chief in the Telecommunications Access Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau, where she managed the high-cost universal service program, including the Connect America Fund. Prior to that, Ms. Bender was detailed to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Before her detail, Ms. Bender was a Legal Advisor to Chairman Kevin J. Martin. Ms. Bender also served as a Legal Counsel to two Chiefs of the Wireline Competition Bureau. Ms. Bender entered the Commission as an Honors Attorney in the Wireline Competition Bureau, where she worked on a range of universal service, competition policy, and pricing policy issues. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Bender was a telecommunications associate at Wiley Rein & Fielding. Ms. Bender received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. summa cum laude from Rice University, where she majored in history and policy studies.

Susan Fisenne

Susan Fisenne

Confidential Assistant

Ms. Fisenne has worked at the Federal Communications Commission since 2005. Most recently, she served as a Consumer Education and Outreach Specialist in the Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau. She also previously worked as a Confidential Assistant to former FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate.

Ovonda Walker

Ovonda Walker

Staff Assistant

Mrs. Walker has over 10 years of federal government service. She served as an Executive Secretary to the Deputy Inspector General for Policy and Oversight at the Department of Defense; and as a Secretary in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Mrs. Walker has also worked as a federal government contractor at the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Correspondence

QFRs

October 25, 2017
Hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, "Oversight and Reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission"

July 25, 2017
Hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, "Oversight and Reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission"

June 20, 2017
Hearing before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

March 8, 2017
Hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, “Oversight Hearing of the Federal Communications Commission”

July 12, 2016
Hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, “Oversight Hearing of the Federal Communications Commission”

March 22, 2016
Hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, “Oversight Hearing of the Federal Communications Commission”

March 2, 2016
Hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, "Oversight Hearing of the Federal Communications Commission"

March 19, 2015
Hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, "FCC Reauthorization: Oversight of the Commission"

March 18, 2015
Hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, "Oversight Hearing of the Federal Communications Commission"

December 12, 2013
Hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, "Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission"

September 18, 2013
Nomination Hearing of Michael O'Rielly before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

 

6/20/18
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Smart Regs for Smart Tech: How Government Can Allow Next Gen Internet Networks to Flourish”

6/19/18
Washington Post Live, “Free to State: What the end of net neutrality means for online speech”
Free to State: What the end of net neutrality means for online speech

8/16/17
C-Span Interview for “The Communicators”

12/13/16
C-Span Interview for “The Communicators”

5/5/16
News 4 KMOV.Com Investigates Lifeline Program

5/4/16
C-SPAN interview for "The Communicators"

1/12/16
New America's Open Technology Institute, "The Road to Gigabit Wi-Fi: Can We Share the 5.9 GHz 'Car Band'?"

9/23/15
Rep. Dave Brat Town Hall on Rural Broadband Issues

7/28/15
Free State Foundation's July 2015 Seminar on FCC Regulatory Reform

7/21/15
C-SPAN interview with Commissioner O'Rielly for "The Communicators"

6/25/15
Internet Innovation Alliance: The Role for Regulators in an Expanding Broadband Economy

6/4/15
TIA 2015 Network of the Future Conference
Keynote | Post-Keynote Interview

4/30/15
House Commerce Committee Hearing: "FCC Reauthorization: Improving Commission Transparency"

3/19/15
Free State Foundation's Seventh Annual Telecom Policy Conference

3/19/15
House Commerce Committee Hearing: "FCC Reauthorization: Oversight of the Commission"

3/18/15
Senate Commerce Committee Hearing: "Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission"

2/27/15
TechFreedom and the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE) Fireside Chat with FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Mike O'Rielly

1/21/15
The American Enterprise Institute Luncheon

6/29/14
Senator John Thune and Commissioners O'Rielly and Pai visit South Dakota Internet-enabled businesses

5/7/14
Communicators with Michael O'Rielly

3/18/14
C-Span Interview for “The Communicators”

12/12/13
House Commerce Committee Hearing: "Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission"