Deborah Taylor Tate took her oath of office Tuesday to become a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission, agency spokesman David Fiske said.
Democrat Michael J. Copps was also sworn in for his second term as an FCC commissioner during the private ceremony.
Tate, 49, a former director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Dec. 21. Her FCC term expires in June 2007 -- abbreviated because she is filling the time remaining in the five-year term of former FCC chairman Michael Powell, who resigned last March.
Copps’ new term will run through June 30, 2010. He has been with the agency since 2001.
Until President Bush can get a third Republican confirmed, the FCC will be deadlocked politically between two Republicans and two Democrats.