Jessica Rosenworcel, Chair, Federal Communications Commission

Jessica Rosenworcel

Chair, Federal Communications Commission

Jessica Rosenworcel was born in July 1971 in West Hartford, Connecticut. She earned an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. She worked in communications law at a private firm.

She joined the Federal Communication Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau and four years later worked for an FCC commissioner. She became Senior Communications Counsel for the Senate Commerce Committee.

President Barack Obama nominated Rosenworcel to become a commissioner of the FCC, and she was confirmed by the Senate in May 2012. She was sworn into office the same week. President Obama renominated her for a second term, for which confirmation was not required.

She served as acting chair of the FCC after the previous chair resigned. President Joe Biden named her as permanent chair in October 2021 and she was confirmed by the Senate to another term as commissioner in December of that year.

Rosenworcel and her husband have two children. She is Jewish.

In the News…

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a new event code for the Emergency Alert System for missing and endangered adults. This addition, titled “Missing and Endangered Persons,” or MEP, under the Ashanti Alert Act, would enable law enforcement to issue prompt alerts and draw public attention to these critical cases. 

“Law enforcement agencies successfully use AMBER Alerts on TV and radio to help mobilize public attention and recover abducted children. But we do not have a similar code in the Emergency Alert System dedicated to sounding the alarm over other missing and endangered persons, particularly the thousands of missing native and indigenous women who have disappeared from their homes never to be seen again,” said Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

She added, “Creating a new ‘Missing and Endangered Persons’ alert category can close this gap, help ensure no person who is missing and in danger is left behind, and save lives.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Chair Rosenworcel today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Jessica Rosenworcel, Chair
Federal Communications Commission
45 L Street NE 
Washington, DC 20554


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