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Robert Malcolm McDowell (born June 13, 1963) is a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission.

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Robert M. McDowell was first appointed to a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by U.S. President George W. Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2006. When he was reappointed to the Commission on June 2, 2009, Commissioner McDowell became the first Republican to be appointed to an independent agency by President Barack Obama. The U.S. Senate confirmed him unanimously on June 25, 2009.



He is a former FCC lobbyist for telecommunications companies that compete against the Baby Bells.Immediately before his confirmation, he was Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of COMPTEL (Competitive Telecommunications Association), an industry trade group of competitive (non-RBOC) telephone companies.

In 1986 and 1987 he served as chief legislative aide to Virginia Delegate Robert T. Andrews (R-Viennamarker).

Following the 2000 presidential election, he worked on the Florida election recount for the Bush team.

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He is the son of the late Hobart K. McDowell, Jr., and the late Martha Louise Shea McDowell. He resides on the farm where he grew up near Vienna, Virginiamarker with his wife, the former Jennifer Griffin, and their three children.


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