Commissioner Buerkle Nominated as Permanent Chair of CPSC

On July 25, 2017, President Trump announced that he would nominate Acting Chairman Buerkle to be the permanent Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Anne Marie Buerkle was appointed to the CPSC by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in June 2013. In February, she became Acting Chairman when Commissioner Kaye resigned as Chairman at the request of the administration.

Commissioner Buerkle’s current term expires in October 2018. The nomination as Chairman is for a new seven year term beginning on the expiration of her existing term. If confirmed by the Senate, she would serve until October 2025.

The nomination of Commissioner Buerkle as permanent Chairman may be a harbinger of administration action on the vacancy that will be created in October when Commissioner Robinson’s term expires. Unless a new commissioner is nominated and confirmed by the Senate before October, Commissioner Robinson can continue in her position for up to a year, maintaining a 3-2 Democrat majority on the Commission.

This blog was written by Timothy Mullin at Miles & Stockbridge.

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