President Bush announced Feb. 8 that he intends to nominate Jonathan S.
Adelstein, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), to serve on
the Federal Communications Commission.
Adelstein's nomination requires Senate confirmation. Bush nominated him to a
term that expires June 30, 2003, according to a press release posted on the
White House's Internet site.
If confirmed, Adelstein would join Michael Copps in the FCC's Democratic
minority. The agency's majority consists of three Republicans, all appointed by
Bush: chairman Michael Powell and commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Kevin
Before joining Daschle's staff, Adelstein was a legislative aide to Sen.
David Pryor (D-Ark.). He also worked as an aide to Sen. Donald Riegle (D-Mich.).
Adelstein has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University.
Last Nov. 15, Daschle released a statement in which he recommended Adelstein
for the FCC position.
The post became vacant with the resignation of Democrat Gloria Tristani, who
is running for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico against Republican five-term
incumbent Sen. Pete Domenici.