President Joe Biden has nominated Alex Hoehn-Saric, former senior VP of government affairs for Charter and FCC and Capital Hill veteran, to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Hoehn-Saric is former policy director for FCC commissioner, now acting chair, Jessica Rosenworcel.
Hoehn-Saric has most recently been chief counsel for communications and consumer protection for the the House Energy & Commerce Committee Democrats. He is also former senior counsel for the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance.
“Alex Hoehn-Saric is an excellent choice to serve as the next Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission," said House Energy & Commerce Committee chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.). "During his time at the Energy and Commerce Committee, Alex has demonstrated a strong commitment to consumer protection. He has played a pivotal role in the Committee’s oversight of the CPSC and industry regarding the safety of consumer products."
While at Charter, Hoehn-Saric was based in Charter's D.C. office, reporting to executive VP Catherine Bohigian, another FCC veteran.
Hoehn-Saric's resume also includes stints at the Department of Commerce, the office of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and private practice. He has a political science degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the UCLA Law School.
"American families need a strong cop on the beat at the Consumer Product Safety Commission," said Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Commerce Committee. "I've known Alex Hoehn-Saric for years, and he has been at the forefront of the fight for a strong CPSC to protect consumers, children, and families from dangerous products. I look forward to discussing this critically important work with Mr. Hoehn-Saric when he appears before the Commerce Committee. I also congratulate Mary Boyle on her nomination and look forward to hearing more about her vision for the Commission."
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.