President Obama will nominate a loyal fundraiser Wednesday to lead the Federal Communications Commission, the White House confirmed.
Tom Wheeler, 67, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mr. Obama’s two presidential campaigns. He would replace Julius Genachowski, who has been chairman of the FCC since 2009.
Mr. Wheeler is a venture capitalist, having served since 2005 as managing director of Core Capital Partners. He also worked as a lobbyist for both the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and CTIA, the wireless industry trade group.
The nomination, to be announced Wednesday afternoon at the White House, runs counter to liberal groups and senators who were pushing for a female nominee. In March, 37 senators urged Mr. Obama in a letter to nominate FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as chair of the agency. She is a former aide to Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat.