The Senate next week will vote whether to confirm Democrat Mignon Clyburn and Republican Meredith Attwell Baker to the Federal Communications Commission. Observers say they expect both women to be confirmed.
During a Senate hearing last week, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced and pledged his support for Mignon Clyburn’s nomination. Clyburn was nominated by President Obama. The South Carolina resident is the daughter of U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the third most powerful person in the House.
Mignon Clyburn served on the South Carolina Public Service Commission.
In introducing her, Graham said that most importantly, Clyburn is trustworthy. “One thing I can tell you about Ms. Clyburn, is that a number of us have known her over the years and we trust her. She will put the best interest of the nation ahead of her own. And this is a big moment for her family. Of course, her dad is a big political leader in the state and nation.”
Graham said that the Public Service Commission experience will serve her well in her new position on the federal level. “The Public Service Commission is a very big deal. It regulates powerful industries. She has been Chairman of that commission. The issues she will face at the FCC will not be unknown to her and her leadership will help this country.”
Graham said he’s sure that Senator Jim Demint shares his views. “Home state senators are expected to speak for members of their state. But this is not expected of me in this case. It is my pleasure to be here. And I want everyone to understand that this is the right person at the right time for the job.”