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Clinton Nominates Keeney to FCC Post

August 1, 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton nominated the Federal Communications Commission’s top telephone regulator to a vacant Republican seat on the five-member commission Thursday.

Gina Keeney joined the FCC in 1994 after serving as the GOP counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee for nine years.

The nomination must be approved by the Senate.

A spokeswoman for the Senate Commerce Committee, which would hold a hearing on the nomination, was not available to comment.

FCC Commissioner Andrew Barrett left the FCC in March after his term expired, opening one of the two GOP seats on the commission. The other Republican seat is held by FCC Commissioner Rachelle Chong. The remaining three seats are filled by Democrats.

Keeney, 40, is chief of the FCC’s Common Carrier Bureau. She graduated from Harvard Law School, is married and has two daughters.

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