African Americans in Consumer Product Safety: Thomas Hill Moore

Thomas Hill Moore

“It has been my privilege to work with an extremely dedicated CPSC staff.”

Considered a fierce advocate for the consumer and CPSC staff, Commissioner Thomas Hill Moore was the longest serving Commissioner in agency history. Moore served on the Commission from 1995 until 2011. During his tenure, he also served as Acting Chairman on two occasions. His dedication, especially to the safety of children, was recognized by both sides of the aisle, as he was appointed by a Democratic President and reappointed by a Republican President.

Before coming to the CPSC, Moore served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator John Breaux and was the principle adviser on commerce, finance and trade policy matters. He also served as the dean at the University of Florida College of Law, which is where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1974.

Moore is remembered as an authentic and passionate man whose leadership and legislative proposal was instrumental to Congress passing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).  SaferProducts.gov, CPSC’s modern testing and evaluation center, and increased import surveillance were all supported by Commissioner Moore and in effect today.  His commitment to consumer safety and to CPSC continues to be admired and respected.

Thank you, Mr. Thomas Hill Moore.

This is the seventh of seven profiles of African Americans who made significant contributions to product safety in the United States.

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