U.S. Senate Confirms CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka, Jr.

On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously confirmed Richard Trumka, Jr., as the newest commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Nominated by President Biden for the position in July, Trumka will take the seat of former Acting CPSC Chair Bob Adler, whose term expired October 27, when he takes his oath of office in the next few days.

Trumka, whose father was president of the AFL-CIO up until his death earlier this year, previously served as general counsel and staff director of the Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to that, he held a position at the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, where he was assistant attorney general in the Consumer Protection Division, and as a litigation attorney while in private practice.

Trumka’s term runs through 2028. He joins Commissioners Dana Baiocco, Peter Feldman and Chair Alexander Hoehn-Saric.

There is one remaining vacancy among the CPSC’s five-commissioner roster. Mary Boyle, who is currently the CPSC’s executive director, has been nominated for the open seat but has not yet been voted on by the Senate Commerce Committee. Only three weeks remain on the Senate calendar, and if a vote on her position does not make it onto the schedule, her nomination will then be returned to the White House and it will be up to President Biden to renominate her next year or choose a different candidate.

The CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. PPAI works closely with the CPSC in ensuring product safety for promotional products and providing education to the industry. Former CPSC acting chairs Bob Adler and Ann Marie Buerkle have both been keynote speakers at numerous PPAI Product Responsibility Summits in recent years.

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