The Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the telecommunications industry, consists of five commissioners and is headed by Republican Chairman Mark S. Fowler.
The president appoints commissioners who must then be confirmed by Congress. The commission currently features one woman, three Republicans and two Democrats. Two members have had broadcasting experience and three are lawyers. The commission oversees an agency with 1,900 employes.
Chairman Mark S. Fowler was nominated to the commission by President Reagan in 1981, and his term is scheduled to expire in 1986. Formerly a senior partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Fowler & Meyers, Fowler comes out of a background of 10 years of broadcast experience. He has worked as a full-time radio announcer and holds degrees from the University of Florida and the University of Florida College of Law.
Fowler also served as communications counsel to the Reagan for President Committee in 1979-80 as well as the Reagan-Bush committees during the 1980 campaign. He headed the FCC transition team after the 1980 election.
James H. Quello, a Democrat and World War II veteran, was nominated to the commission by President Nixon in 1974 and reappointed by President Reagan in 1981 and 1984, with the third term ending in 1991.
Quello rose from promotion manager for Detroit radio station WJR to vice president at Capital Cities Broadcasting Corp. where he spent 25 years, retiring in 1972. He holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and an honorary doctorate of public service from Northern Michigan University.
Mimi Weyforth Dawson, a Republican, was nominated to the commission by President Reagan in 1981. Her term ends in 1988. A veteran Capitol Hill staffer, Dawson spent five years in the 1970s working for Sen. Robert Packwood (R-Ore.), first as press secretary, then as legislative director and finally as chief of staff. Dawson also coordinated activities of the National Republican Senatorial Conference and was staff coordinator for the Senate Republican Conference in 1978-79. Dawson holds a B.A. in government from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
Henry M. Rivera, a Democrat nominated to the commission by President Reagan in 1981, is expected to leave for a private law practice before his term expires in 1987. A native son of New Mexico formerly with the Albuquerque law firm of Sutin, Thayer & Browne, Rivera is a member of the New Mexico Supreme Court committee on rules of civil procedure and trustee of the University of New Mexico Law School Foundation. Rivera, a Vietnam war veteran, holds a B.A. in economics and a law degree from the University of New Mexico.
Dennis R. Patrick, a Republican nominated to the commission by President Reagan in 1983, was confirmed for another term ending in 1992 by Congress last week. He served as associate director of presidential personnel at the White House from 1981 to 1983, where he was responsible for legal and regulatory agencies. He has served as special assistant to the administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the Department of Commerce and has practiced law with the Los Angeles law firm of Adams, Dugue & Hazeltine. He holds a B.A. degree from Occidental College and a J.D. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.