UnidosUS Applauds Confirmation of Anna Gomez as First Hispanic FCC Commissioner in More Than Two Decades

Washington, DC – UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, celebrates the long-awaited confirmation of Anna Gomez as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner.

Gomez, the first Hispanic and first Latina to be appointed to the Commission since 2001, was confirmed yesterday by the U.S. Senate in a 55-43 bipartisan vote. UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía issued the following statement in response. 

“When Anna Gomez was nominated by President Biden three months ago, we said that she was one of the most qualified candidates ever for the position, with a long history of roles and accomplishments in the communications and technology fields. Yesterday’s strong bipartisan vote reaffirms that belief.  We want to thank Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Ben Ray Luján for shepherding this nomination through.  

“It is unthinkable, though, that this post has been vacant for nearly three years and that that vacancy has hindered the vital work of the FCC in a time of enormous challenges both in the media and technology sectors. We are heartened that FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel now has the majority she needs to move forward on the many issues awaiting action on her critically important agenda. We look forward to working with her and Commissioner Gomez on issues of great concern to the Latino community, including expanding access to broadband to underserved communities and exploring the impact on artificial intelligence (AI) on communities of color.”