WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joseph P. Mohorovic has been sworn in as a Commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Mohorovic on October 13, 2013, and he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 28, 2014, to a term that expires in October 2019.
“I extend a warm welcome to Commissioner Mohorovic on his return to the CPSC,” said Chairman Kaye. “Mr. Mohorovic has extensive public policy, product manufacturing, and product testing experience. I commend Mr. Mohorovic’s stated commitment to advancing the cause of consumer safety, in areas such as furniture and TV tip-overs, and I look forward to working with him.”
Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Mohorovic was Senior Vice President of Intertek, a global leader in product testing, where he was responsible for all aspects of performance, growth and strategic management in the North American region. Before joining Intertek, Mohorovic’s public service included two terms as State Representative for New Mexico’s 28th District before resigning elected office to serve in the CPSC administration of former Chairman Hal Stratton from 2002 through 2007.
“It truly is an honor to be joining an agency with such a distinguished and proud history of protecting American consumers,” said Mr. Mohorovic. “Although the CPSC has accomplished much, there are many complex issues and challenges that lie ahead, not the least of which is an increasingly complex global supply chain. I have no doubt that with the leadership of Chairman Kaye, and working in concert with my other outstanding colleagues on the Commission as well as all agency stakeholders, we will be able to ensure that the CPSC continues to be one of the most responsive and cost-effective investments for American taxpayers in the Federal government.”
Mr. Mohorovic graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and he holds an M.B.A from the University of New Mexico. He and his wife, Royelle, have three daughters.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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