McDowell, a Republican, has been serving a second term on the commission, having first been appointed in 2006. He was reappointed in 2009.
His resignation was expected, as the Washington Post reported, and many think it will pave the way for the resignation of FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, as McDowell’s resignation leaves Ajit Pai as the only Republican on the commission.
FCC chief counsel also to leave agency: It was a day of turnover at the FCC, with the agency also announcing Wednesday that chief counsel Sherrese Smith will also be leaving the agency in the coming weeks. He is the last remaining member of chairman Genachowski’s original team of legal advisors.
In an e-mailed statement, Genachowski said that it would be difficult for him to say goodbye to Smith, and credited her with leading the agency’s work on the issues of bill shock, online posting of files and broadcast spectrum issues.
Smith has served as the agency’s general counsel since January 2012. She was once the vice president and general counsel of Washington Post Digital.