New names atop Commerce


As expected, Judd Gregg (R-NH) will be exiting the Senate to join the Obama administration as Secretary of Commerce. And coming with him will be a new head of NTIA, just in time to help take DTV to the finish line.
According to reports, former Gregg chief of staff Bonnie Newman will serve the remainder of his term. The Associated Press also reports that as part of an agreement, she will neither run for a full term nor assist any other candidate. Gregg’s seat is expected to be a prominent target for the Democrats in 2010, with Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) already positioning himself for a run.

Meanwhile, they will have to find exceptionally wide business card stock for Anna Gomez, newly appointed by the Obama administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, and Deputy National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Administrator. Gomez’s most recent post was with Sprint Nextel, and she has extensive communications resume planks including work for the FCC including serving as Senior Legal Advisor to former FCC Chairman William Kennard; and the old Communications subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee.