Dennis R. Patrick

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Dennis R. Patrick (born June 1, 1951 in Los Angeles, California) served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from April 18, 1987 to August 7, 1989. He had been a member of the Commission since December, 1983, and had held positions in the Reagan administration since January, 1982. Patrick was only 35 when he became head of the FCC.[1] During his tenure the FCC eliminated the Fairness Doctrine.

Before entering government service, he was an attorney with the firm of Adams, Duque & Hazeltine in Los Angeles. Patrick was White House Associate Director of Presidential Personnel at the time of his nomination to the FCC.

Mr. Patrick graduated from Occidental College (AB, 1973) and UCLA (JD, 1976).

Government offices
Preceded by
Mark S. Fowler
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
April 1987–August 1989
Succeeded by
Alfred C. Sikes


  1. ^ Man In The News: Dennis Roy Patrick; A Cautious Deregulator - New York Times