Michael O'Rielly

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Michael O’Rielly
Member, Federal Communications Commission
In office
November 4, 2013 – June 30, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Robert M. McDowell[1]
Personal details
Born Lockport, New York[2]
Political party Republican Party[3]
Alma mater University of Rochester
Website Official website

Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013 [3] and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013.[4] His term ends June 30, 2014.[1]


Prior to joining the agency Commissioner O’Rielly served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, since January 2013. He worked in the Republican Whip’s Office since 2010, as an Advisor from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director from 2012 to 2013 for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.

He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, Commissioner O’Rielly worked in the Office of U.S. Senator John E. Sununu, as Legislative Director from 2007 to 2009, and Senior Legislative Assistant from 2003 to 2007. Before his tenure as a Senate staffer, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003, and Telecommunications Policy Analyst from 1995 to 1998.

He began his career as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom Bliley from 1994 to 1995.


Commissioner O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.[4]


  1. ^ a b Posted on October 30, 2013 by R. J. Quianzon (2013-10-30). ": Michael O'Rielly". CommLawBlog. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  2. ^ O'Rielly, Michael (September 18, 2013). "Statement of Michael P. O’Rielly Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation September 18, 2013". Senate Committee Testimony. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved 2014-01-13. "By way of background, I was born and raised in a small city located on the Erie Canal, just outside Buffalo, New York. ... The people of Lockport are hearty, hard working, holders of strong faith, and fans of the Buffalo Bills." 
  3. ^ a b "Obama picks O'Rielly for Republican FCC seat". TheHill. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Commissioner Michael O’Rielly". FCC.gov. Retrieved 2014-01-12.