THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES WILLIAM KENNARD CHAIR OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
President Clinton today announced his intent to designate William E. Kennard to be Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) upon his confirmation by the Senate as a Member of the FCC.
William E. Kennard, of California, currently serves as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, a position he has held since December, 1993. As General Counsel, Mr. Kennard serves as the FCC's principal legal advisor and represents the agency before the courts. Prior to serving as General Counsel, Mr. Kennard was a partner and member of the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia law firm Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. At Verner Liipfert he specialized in communications law with an emphasis on regulatory and transactional matters for communications companies, including broadcasters, cable television operators, programmers and cellular telephone providers. Mr. Kennard has also served as Assistant General Counsel and as a Legal Fellow for the National Association of Broadcasters. Mr. Kennard holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bars. Mr. Kennard also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Sasha Bruce Youthworks, a nonprofit homeless shelter serving the youth of the District of Columbia.
The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency established by Congress to oversee interstate and international communications including wireline, broadcast, cable, satellite and cellular services.