Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Obama on August 1, 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on October 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. On January 29, 2015, he was sworn into office for a new term, following his re-nomination by the president and confirmation by the Senate.
He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the Senate as a policy analyst for banking, technology, transportation, trade, and commerce issues from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, Mr. O’Rielly worked in the office of Senator John Sununu, as senior legislative assistant from 2003 to 2007 and legislative director from 2007 to 2009. Before his tenure as a Senate staffer, he served as a professional staff member on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003, and telecommunications policy analyst from 1995 to 1998.
He began his career as a legislative assistant to Congressman Tom Bliley from 1994 to 1995. Mr. O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.