01/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Deborah Taylor Tate, Republican FCC Commissioner, Steps Down

As expected, Republican Deborah Taylor Tate has announced her resignation as commissioner of the FCC.

Tate has served as an FCC commissioner since 2005, when she was appointed by President Bush, but her term has expired and she was not reconfirmed by Congress.

Tate cast the deciding vote in approving the Sirius-XM merger. She had been holding out from joining her fellow Republicans in support of the merger until the companies agreed to settle charges that they had violated agency rules.