Jacqueline Jones-Smith
“I will devote my full energies to ensuring that the Commission enforces the product safety laws…”

Mrs. Jacqueline Jones-Smith was confirmed by the Senate in 1989 to serve as the sixth Chairman in the Commission’s history. During her tenure, she led an effort to ban infant cushions involved in the deaths of several children. Jones-Smith directed agency staff to work closely with industry on voluntary standards for chain saws and hair dryers and nearly 60 million (…)

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Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong

The breadth of Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong’s accomplishments exemplified her ability to break down racial and gender barriers. In 1970, she became the first African American policewoman, and one of only seven policewomen in the Oakland, California police department. Three years later, she advocated for and was instrumental in the creation of equal hiring practices for women in the City of Oakland Police Department.

From 1983 to 1986, Armstrong held a number of (…)

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Edith Barksdale Sloan: It Is Her Business to Protect Consumers 

Mrs. Edith Barksdale Sloan was described as very sweet, articulate and frank when it came to the work that needed to be done on behalf of consumers. “We’re here in the business to protect consumers from unreasonable risk of injury,” Sloan said in her statements upon election as Vice-Chairman in 1978.

Before her appointment by President Jimmy Carter to the Commission, Sloan led the D.C. Office of Consumer Protection in its (…)

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Thaddeus Garrett Jr.

(Corbis Images: Thaddeus Garrett showing Shirley Chisholm a report, 1971)

A genuine man with a love for God and public service, Reverend, Dr. Thaddeus Garrett Jr., served as a Commissioner and Vice-Chairman from 1976 to 1977. Although his time on the Commission was short, his positivity and hard work helped to keep the Commission together.

Before his appointment to CPSC, Garrett was a Special Assistant to former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller and Chief Assistant (…)

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Constance B. Newman: The Starting Five

Once the newly formed Consumer Product Safety Commission opened its doors in 1973, there was an immediate need for distinguished leadership, passion, and experience at the agency. Mrs. Constance B. Newman was a perfect fit for the job. She and David Pittle, Barbara Hackman Franklin, Lawrence M. Kushner, and Richard O. Simpson, were the “starting five” Commissioners.

Newman served as a Commissioner and Vice Chairman from 1973 through 1976. She is best (…)

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