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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

FCC Commissioner McDowell Announces Plans To Step Down

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell has announced his plans to resign his post. Here is his statement.

The following statement can be attributed to Commissioner Robert M. McDowell:
After nearly seven years of carrying out the incredibly high honor of serving the 
American people at the FCC, it is time to turn more of my energies towards an 
even higher calling: serving my family. After a great deal of deliberation, I have 
decided that I will step down as a commissioner of the Federal Communications 
Commission in a few weeks. 
Today’s announcement is not a farewell. As you know, I don’t do well with 
those, so let’s avoid all of that for now and tackle that challenge another day. I 
will also save most of my expressions of appreciation for a later date. But I 
would be remiss if I didn’t offer up some of the bigger thank-yous right away, 
such as to: God, my parents, my beautiful bride Jennifer, our three amazing 
children, as well as our large family-at-large, friends, all of my colleagues on the 
Commission - both past and present, and the talented and dedicated public 
servants throughout the FCC, especially all of the wonderful and tireless 
professionals who have worked on my team in my office. Please keep in mind 
that trying to make me look good day after day as we fought for freedom must 
have been quite a challenge for them.
I would also like to thank the individuals who literally handed me this job, twice: 
first and foremost, Senator Ted Stevens, President George W. Bush, Senator 
Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama, as well as many Members of 
Congress. Thank you for placing such enormous trust in me.
Again, this is not a time for farewells, I’m just announcing my plans to step down 
sometime soon. So what am I doing next? I will be talking to the FCC’s Chief 
Ethics Officer, Patrick J. Carney, to make sure that my departure is in full 
compliance with the letter and spirit of all of our ethics rules. Beyond that, I have 
no plans other than to take my family on a much-needed vacation starting this 
So until the farewells, as always, may God bless each of you and our great nation.

Here are lnks to statements from other commissioners on Commissioner McDowell's announcement.

From Commissioner Rosenworcel.

From Commissioner Clyburn.

From Chairman Genachowski.

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