Safety Agency Nomination Goes to Full Senate

By Martina Barash

Attorney Dana Baiocco’s nomination to the Consumer Product Safety Commission got a green light from a U.S. Senate committee Nov. 8 and will head to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote.

The 14–13 vote in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation was along party lines. Democrats, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), have expressed concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

Baiocco, a partner at Jones Day in Boston, has represented Mattel Inc., Yamaha Motor Corp., and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and her husband, an attorney, has represented IKEA North America.

Baiocco stopped short of telling senators at a Nov. 1 hearing that she’d recuse herself in all matters involving those corporations.

If confirmed, Baiocco would take the seat currently held by Commissioner Marietta Robinson.

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