Brendan Carr serves as a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. He was nominated by President Donald J. Trump in 2017, and he was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate later that year. Previously, Commissioner Carr served as the General Counsel of the FCC. At the FCC, Brendan focuses on regulatory reforms that will help create jobs and grow the economy for the benefit of all Americans. He has been leading the FCC’s work to secure U.S. leadership in 5G. His reforms are predicted to cut billions of dollars in red tape and have already accelerated 5G builds—helping to bring more broadband to more Americans.
Brendan is also focused on expanding America's skilled workforce—the tower climbers and construction crews needed to build next-gen networks. His jobs initiative promotes community colleges, technical schools, and apprenticeships as a pipeline for good-paying 5G jobs. And he is recognizing America's talented and hardworking tower crews through a series of "5G Ready" Hard Hat presentations.
Brendan is also leading an FCC telehealth initiative, which is designed to drive down healthcare costs while improving outcomes for veterans, low-income, and rural Americans.
Brendan brings a dozen years of private and public sector experience in communications and tech policy to his role as Commissioner. He first joined the FCC as a staffer in 2012 and worked on spectrum policy and competition matters for a number of FCC offices.
Prior to joining the agency, Brendan worked as an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP in the firm's appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He litigated cases involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act. A graduate of Georgetown University, he clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for Judge Dennis W. Shedd. He graduated magna cum laude from law school at the Catholic University of America where he served as an editor of the Catholic University Law Review.
Commissioner Carr grew up in Virginia and now lives in Washington, DC with his wife and three children.