The chairwoman of the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission says she will leave the post to join a South Carolina law firm later this year.
Inez Tenenbaum, who is also a former South Carolina education superintendent, said on Thursday that she will leave the commission on Dec. 1 and accept a job with the Columbia firm Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough.
Tenenbaum says she decided earlier this year that she didn’t want another term leading the consumer protection agency. She was first appointed to the position by President Barack Obama in 2009, but now says she’s ready to return home and face new challenges.
“I am forever grateful for the opportunity to serve in President Obama’s administration in the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” Ms. Tenenbaum said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the private sector in understanding consumer product regulations.” She said that, during her four-plus years in Washington, the commission approved 50 new rules to help protect children.
She says she will work in the law firm’s offices in both Columbia and Washington on issues involving product safety and education.
Tenenbaum served as the state education superintendent from 1998 to 2007.