List of chairmen of the Federal Communications Commission

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Eugene Octave Sykes (1876-1945) 1934 to 1935

The following is a list of the chairmen of the Federal Communications Commission.[1]

Commissioner Party Home state Start End Notes
Eugene O. Sykes Democrat Mississippi July 11, 1934 March 8, 1935 First chairman.[2]
Anning S. Prall Democrat New York March 9, 1935 July 23, 1937
Frank McNinch Democrat North Carolina October 1, 1937 August 31, 1939
James Lawrence Fly Democrat Texas September 1, 1939 November 13, 1944
Ewell K. Jett Independent Maryland November 16, 1944 December 20, 1944
Paul A. Porter Democrat Kentucky December 21, 1944 February 25, 1946
Charles R. Denny Democrat District of Columbia February 26, 1946 October 31, 1947 Acting Chairman until December 3, 1946.
Paul A. Walker Democrat Oklahoma November 3, 1947 December 28, 1947 Acting Chairman only this term.
Wayne Coy Democrat Indiana December 29, 1947 February 21, 1952
Paul A. Walker Democrat Oklahoma February 28, 1952 April 17, 1953
Rosel H. Hyde Republican Idaho April 18, 1953 October 3, 1954 Acting Chairman after April 18, 1954.
George McConnaughey Republican Ohio October 4, 1954 June 30, 1957
John C. Doerfer Republican Wisconsin July 1, 1957 March 10, 1960
Frederick W. Ford Republican West Virginia March 15, 1960 March 1, 1961
Newton N. Minow Democrat Illinois March 2, 1961 June 1, 1963
E. William Henry Democrat Tennessee June 2, 1963 May 1, 1966
Rosel H. Hyde Republican Idaho May 1, 1966 October 31, 1969 Acting Chairman until June 27, 1966.
Dean Burch Republican Arizona October 31, 1969 March 8, 1974
Richard E. Wiley Republican Illinois March 8, 1974 October 13, 1977
Charles D. Ferris Democrat Massachusetts October 17, 1977 February 4, 1981
Robert E. Lee Republican Illinois February 5, 1981 May 18, 1981 Interim Chairman until April 13, 1981.
Mark S. Fowler Republican Canada May 18, 1981 April 17, 1987
Dennis R. Patrick Republican California April 18, 1987 August 7, 1989
Alfred C. Sikes Republican Missouri August 8, 1989 January 19, 1993
James H. Quello Democrat Michigan February 5, 1993 November 28, 1993
Reed E. Hundt Democrat Maryland November 29, 1993 November 3, 1997
William E. Kennard Democrat California November 3, 1997 January 19, 2001
Michael K. Powell Republican Virginia January 22, 2001 March 17, 2005
Kevin J. Martin Republican North Carolina March 18, 2005 January 19, 2009
Michael J. Copps Democrat Wisconsin January 22, 2009 June 28, 2009 Acting Chairman only.
Julius Genachowski Democrat District of Columbia June 29, 2009 May 17, 2013
Mignon Clyburn Democrat South Carolina May 20, 2013 November 4, 2013 Acting Chairwoman only.
Tom Wheeler Democrat California November 4, 2013 present

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of FCC commissioners from 1934 to present at the FCC website
  2. ^ Associated Press (June 22, 1945). "Eugene O. Sykes, 68, Mississippi Jurist. Former Chairman of Federal Communications Body Dies. Justice of State Court". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-16. Eugene Octave Sykes, former justice of the Supreme Court of Mississippi and an original member of the Federal Radio Commission and of the later Federal Communications Commission, died of a heart attack today after an illness of several months. ...