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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 7, 1997


In a public swearing-in ceremony today, FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani was formally sworn in as a member of the Federal Communications Commission by Vice President Al Gore. Commissioner Tristani, a Democrat, is the granddaughter of the late U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez. She is the first FCC Commissioner of Puerto Rican descent.

Tristani, a committed public servant, 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. She 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, including being named one of the Nation's 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine in 1996.

Commissioner Tristani is married to the Honorable Gerard W. Thomson, a district judge, and has two children, Vanesa and Jorge.

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