Former Federal Communications Commission
"I am supporting Jonathan's campaign for the US Senate because of his strong commitment to the US Constitution and individual rights and because of his extensive experience in combatting bureaucracy and overreaching government. He can hit the ground on his first day on the job." - Bill Russell
Bill Russell served in the Office of President-elect Ronald Reagan, 1980-81, and as a Reagan political appointee at the Federal Communications Commission from 1981 to 1986.
Concurrently with that position, Russell served from 1983 to 1986 as national spokesman for the federal government under The White House Continuity of Government Plan with a duty station in The White House Situation Room. After leaving the FCC, Russell was a political appointee of Virginia Governor George Allen as a Member of the Virginia Public Telecommunications Board and later as a Member and Vice Chairman of the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board. In the private sector Russell was involved with a variety of technology startups in the data center, LED lighting, and RFID industries and was a part owner of a commercial FM radio station. He has written for various organizations' publications, including The Heritage Foundation in Mandate for Leadership III. He and his wife Michele live on their farm in Rockbridge County, Virginia, where he is active in the Farm Bureau and the Rockbridge County Fair.