Politics & Government

Obama taps former GOP Rep. Northup for product safety panel

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he would nominate former Republican U.S. Rep. Anne Northup of Louisville to fill one of two new commissioner spots being added to the the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

"I'm really thrilled and looking forward to it," Northup said in telephone interview from Washington.

Northup, who served in Congress from 1997 through 2006, must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

As part of a broad reform of the agency last year, Congress added two positions to the three-member commission that are to be filled by two Republicans and three Democrats.

Northup said Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, suggested her name to the president for one of the GOP spots.

The commission, which is charged with regulating more than 15,000 types of consumer products, monitors whether products made in and outside of the country pose any risks to U.S. consumers.

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