President Obama has nominated Marietta S. Robinson, a trial lawyer in Michigan, to serve on the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
If approved by the Senate, Robinson will fill the seat vacated by Democrat Thomas H. Moore and enable Democrats to regain control of the five-member commission, which oversees the safety of roughly 15,000 everyday consumer household products, from toys to table saws.
Moore’s departure left the commission evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, raising the specter of gridlock on a panel that’s been engaged in fierce partisan sniping since Congress adopted legislation in 2008 empowering the agency to become more aggressive in ensuring the safety of children’s products in particular.
“I’m very, very honored to be nominated, and I hope to get through Senate confirmation quickly,” Robinson said in an interview.
Robinson was described by one Michigan newspaper as a “feisty” trial lawyer. During her 33 years in practice, she has worked for a number of law firms and represented both plaintiffs and defendants. Most recently, she has specialized in medical malpractice.