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|Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission|
|Assumed office |
January 23, 2017
|Preceded by||Tom Wheeler|
|Member of the Federal Communications Commission|
|Assumed office |
May 14, 2012
|Preceded by||Meredith Attwell Baker|
Ajit Varadaraj Pai
January 10, 1973
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Janine Van Lancker (m. 2010–present)|
|Alma mater||Harvard University (AB)|
University of Chicago (JD)
Ajit Varadaraj Pai (born January 10, 1973) is an American attorney. He serves as the Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since 2017. He is the first Indian American to hold the office.
Early political career
He has served in various positions at the FCC since being appointed to the commission by President Barack Obama in May 2012, at the recommendation of Mitch McConnell. He was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 7, 2012, and was sworn in on May 14, 2012, for a five-year term.
Chairman of the FCC
In March 2017, Trump announced that he would renominate Pai to serve another five-year term at the FCC, which will require confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Before his appointment to the FCC, Pai held positions with the Department of Justice, the United States Senate, the FCC's Office of General Counsel, and Verizon Communications.
Pai was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for an extra five-year term as FCC Chairman on October 2, 2017.
Pai lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Janine Van Lancker, daughter Annabelle Malathi Pai, and son Alexander Madhav Pai.
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