Ajit Pai

Ajit Varadaraj Pai (/əˈt ˈp/;[1] born January 10, 1973) is an American lawyer who served as chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2017 to 2021. He has been a partner at the private-equity firm Searchlight Capital since April 2021.[2]

Ajit Pai
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
In office
January 23, 2017  January 20, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byTom Wheeler
Succeeded byJessica Rosenworcel
Member of the Federal Communications Commission
In office
May 14, 2012  January 20, 2021
Preceded byMeredith Attwell Baker
Succeeded byJessica Rosenworcel
Personal details
Ajit Varadaraj Pai

(1973-01-10) January 10, 1973 (age 50)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Janine Van Lancker
(m. 2010)

The son of Indian immigrants to the United States, Pai grew up in Parsons, Kansas. He is a graduate of both Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School. He worked as a lawyer in various offices of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, with a two-year stint as an in-house lawyer for Verizon Communications. He joined the FCC as a lawyer in its Office of General Counsel in 2007. He was nominated to be a commissioner in 2011 by President Barack Obama, who followed tradition in preserving balance on the commission by accepting the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.[3] He was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on May 7, 2012,[4] and was sworn in on May 14, 2012, for a five-year term.[5]

In January 2017, newly inaugurated president Donald Trump designated Pai as FCC chairman.[6][7] He is the first Indian American to hold the office. In March 2017, Trump announced that he would renominate Pai to serve another five-year term (remaining Chairman of the FCC).[8] Pai was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for an additional five-year term on October 2, 2017.[9] Pai is a proponent of repealing net neutrality in the United States and, on December 14, 2017, voted with the majority of the FCC to reverse the decision to regulate the internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Pai resigned on January 20, 2021, the day of Joe Biden's inauguration as President of the United States.[10]

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