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Geoffrey Adam Starks is an American lawyer serving as a Commissioner of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He was nominated by the President to succeed Mignon Clyburn who announced on April 19, 2018 that she was going to step down on June 6, 2018. Starks was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019. He was sworn into office on January 30, 2019.
Starks is a native of Kansas and was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a law degree from Yale Law School.
Prior to Stark’s entry into federal public service, he was an attorney at the law firm Williams & Connolly, clerked for the Honorable Judge Duane Benton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, served as a legislative staffer in the Illinois State Senate, and worked as a financial analyst. Thereafter, he was Senior Counsel in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where he provided advice on domestic and international law enforcement issues, including civil, criminal, and national security matters. At DOJ, he received the Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service. Starks continued his career as Assistant Bureau Chief in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, where he focused on protecting consumers, promoting network security, and preserving the integrity of the Commission’s Universal Service Fund programs.
Starks lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Lauren, and their two children.