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President Trump Nominates Peter Feldman as CPSC Commissioner Signaling First Republican Majority at Commission Since 2006

Yesterday, President Donald Trump nominated Peter Feldman to fill the fifth and final spot as Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The nomination is to fill the vacancy left by past Commissioner Joe Mohorovic, who resigned from the Commission in October 2017.  If confirmed, Feldman’s term would expire on October 26, 2019, however it would be expected that President Trump would re-nominate Feldman for an additional seven year term in the future.

Feldman, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, has made his career on Capitol Hill, serving as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Mike Dewine, a legal associate on the NRCC, and a campaign aide to Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign. Since 2011, Feldman has worked on the staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, most recently as senior counsel on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, and is no stranger to consumer product safety matters.

If he is confirmed, the Trump administration will see the CPSC come under a 3-2 majority, quite the change from October 2017, when Acting Chairman Buerkle was facing a 3-1 Democratic majority. Following Dana Baiocco’s confirmation just two weeks ago, the Senate is still considering President Trump’s nomination of Acting Chairman Buerkle for the permanent Chairman position and for a second term as Commissioner. All interested parties are awaiting a vote, and we look forward to updating you as these matters continue to develop.

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Matthew Howarse, Consumer Safety, Attorney, Mintz Levin, Law Firm

Matt is a prominent consumer product safety lawyer who advises manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, trade associations, and test laboratories. He has extensive experience with compliance, regulatory enforcement, recalls, and other product safety related issues. He represents clients before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, the Federal Trade Commission, Congress, and state agencies. Matt draws on his four-year tenure as the CPSC chief of staff and his many years advising clients in private practice to devise practical and...

Shawn Skolky, Mintz Levin Law Firm, Washington DC, Corporate and Litigation Law Attorney

Shawn advises on many aspects of antitrust and competition law, including antitrust counseling, merger review, and private antitrust litigation, including class actions. His consumer product safety practice focuses on helping companies seeking representation on product safety reporting obligations, recalls, regulatory compliance, product safety investigations, and enforcement matters involving the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) and other federal and state product safety laws.