Wednesday July 14, 2021
Democrats Set up for CPSC Majority Until 2025 with Trumka Nomination
Rich Trumka, Jr. is President Joe Biden's third CPSC commissioner selection. He would serve in the slot that runs until 2028.
His nomination follows those of Alexander Hoehn-Saric (also to be chairman) and Mary Boyle (PSL, 7/12/21). If the three Democrats are confirmed, they would give that party a 3-2 majority until at least 2025.
Trumka comes from the House Oversight and Reform Committee, serving as general counsel and staff director of the consumer policy subcommittee since 2019. Previous experience includes four years in the Maryland attorney general office's consumer protection division, five years at Steptoe & Johnson, and a year clerking for a judge in the eastern Pennsylvania U.S. district court.
He holds a JD from Georgetown and a BS from Cornell. He is from Rockville, Md. He and his wife Jessica have a son and daughter. His father of the same name is president of the AFL-CIO.
Two of the three nominees would enter commissioner slots that are near the beginnings of their seven-year terms, which run regardless of being filled. The three available slots end in 2025, 2027, and 2028. Each person could extend an extra year under the CPSA provision aimed at avoiding vacancies.
With those holdover years in parentheses, the commission, thus, soon could be: