19 Facts About Mignon Clyburn


Mignon Letitia Clyburn was born on March 22,1962 and is an American former government official who served as a member of the Federal Communications Commission from 2009 to 2018.


In 2019, Mignon Clyburn was hired by T-Mobile to advise the company on its merger with Sprint.


Mignon Letitia Clyburn was born to Jim Clyburn and Emily Clyburn in Charleston, South Carolina on March 22,1962.


Mignon Clyburn's younger sister, Jennifer Clyburn Reed, is a businesswoman who co-chairs the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission.


In 1980, Clyburn graduated from W J Keenan High School in Columbia, South Carolina.


From 1984 to 1998, Mignon Clyburn served as publisher, editor, and general manager of the Charleston, South Carolina-based The Coastal Times, a weekly African-American newspaper.


From 1998 to 2009, Mignon Clyburn was a member of the South Carolina Public Service Commission, representing South Carolina's 6th congressional district.


Mignon Clyburn was first elected to the post on July 1,1998, and served as the chair of the Commission from July 2002 to July 2004.


Mignon Clyburn initially was appointed to serve the unexpired term of Jonathan Adelstein, who left the Commission to take up a post in the US Department of Agriculture.


In July 2009, Mignon Clyburn was confirmed to a full five-year term; her appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.


Mignon Clyburn began a second five-year term on the FCC in January 2013, having been nominated by Obama and confirmed by the Senate.


In May 2013, Obama designated Mignon Clyburn as acting chairwoman of the FCC, a position she held until Tom Wheeler was appointed chairman in October 2013.


Mignon Clyburn has been a vocal advocate of preserving net neutrality in the United States.


In May 2017, Mignon Clyburn dissented from the Commission's issuance of a notice of proposed rulemaking to repeal net neutrality and strongly criticized the proposal.


In December 2017, Mignon Clyburn dissented from the FCC's reversal of the 2015 Open Internet Order.


Mignon Clyburn has clashed with Pai over the Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers, a federal program that has subsidized phone access for low-income Americans since the 1980s.


In 2016, Mignon Clyburn led an effort to include broadband access in the program for the first time, in order to close the digital divide.


In 2019, Mignon Clyburn was hired as an advisor to T-Mobile to advise on its merger with Sprint.


Mignon Clyburn is a past chair of the YWCA of Greater Charleston.