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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

November 3, 1997


In a private swearing-in ceremony today, Gloria Tristani was sworn in as a member of the Federal Communications Commission. In addition to taking over the remaining term held by out-going Chairman Reed Hundt, Commissioner Tristani will serve a five year term beginning on July 1, 1998 and ending on July 1, 2003.

Commissioner Tristani, a Democrat, was the first woman elected to the New Mexico State Corporation Commission (SCC) in 1994. She was actively involved in the enactment of legislation that allows the SCC to ensure that telephone companies comply with the law and enforces SCC orders and actions that promote the public interest. Under Tristani's direction, the SCC issued Expanded Area Service regulations for the local calling area on certain toll calls and proposed standards for service quality. She also was an active participant on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Communications Committee responsible for assisting in implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Prior to serving on the SCC, she was an attorney in private practice in Albuquerque.

Commissioner Tristani received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College at Columbia University. She is a member of the New Mexico and Colorado Bars and has received a number of awards for her outstanding achievements. In 1996, Tristani was named one of the Nation's 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine.

Commissioner Tristani is married to the Honorable Gerard W. Thomson, a district judge, and has two children, Vanesa and Jorge. She is the first FCC Commissioner to hail from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Commissioner Tristani has been a resident of New Mexico since 1982.

A ceremonial swearing-in will be held in the near future.

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