WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is turning to South Carolina’s former school superintendent to head an expanded Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Obama plans to announce Inez Tenenbaum as chair of the commission today. He also planned to propose to expand the commission from three members to five.
Tenenbaum headed the state Education Department from 1999 to 2007. She also lost a hard-fought Senate campaign in 2004 to now Senator Jim DeMint. As PBS Newshour summarized her campaign:
The two-term state secretary of education has campaigned as an independent Democrat who supports the war in Iraq, the death penalty and gun ownership. She opposes outsourcing and has proposed tightening free trade agreements to protect workers in state that relies on textile industry and other manufacturing jobs.
Tenenbaum would replace Commissioner Nancy Nord as chairman; Nord’s term on the commission expires in October 2012.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act authorized operation of the CPSC under a two-person quorum for one year after the law’s enactment, and then afterward established the five-member commission.
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