The first black woman to serve on the FCC takes her seat Tuesday morning. Mignon Clyburn was sworn in today at the federal courthouse in Columbia. She’s the first FCC Commissioner from South Carolina.
The outgoing South Carolina Public Service Commissioner says she’s qualified for the job and ready to go to work.
Clyburn not only served more than a decade on the panel that regulates utilities in South Carolina, she also published a small newspaper.
“I’m an entrepreneur in spirit,” said Clyburn. “I recognize the challenges facing small business owners.”
Clyburn is the daughter of US House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. He says he’s proud of his daughter.
Congressman Clyburn says that the FCC needs what his daughter will bring to the panel. “They’ll have a South Carolinian there who knows what it means to grow up and achieve a lot. It gives her experiences that I believe no one else on the commission has.”