Inez Tenenbaum (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Washington, DC (WLTX) - Inez Tenenbaum says she will not seek renomination as chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Tenenbaum announced her decision Thursday. She's led the agency since July of 2009.
The CPSC is the lead agency in the government for issuing warnings about hazardous or potentially dangerous products in an effort to reduce deaths and injuries.
Tenenbaum expressed gratitude to President Barack Obama for nominating her for the job.
"It has been my great privilege to serve as Chairman of the CPSC, and the best part of my experience has been working with the many talented, dedicated professionals at the agency," she said in a statement.
Tenenbaum listed among her accomplishments a better international cooperation on consumer safety and new rules on baby products, including cribs and infant swings.
Prior to leading the CPSC, Tenenbaum served as South Carolina's education superintendent from 1999 to 2006. She was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2004, losing to Republican Jim DeMint.