Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2009

Appointment of Margaret Hamburg to Lead FDA Lauded by Gov. Lowell Weicker, President of the Board of Trust for America’'s Health

Washington, DC –- The following is a statement by Governor Lowell Weicker, Jr., former Governor and three-term U.S. Senator from Connecticut, and President of the Board of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on the appointment of Margaret A. (Peggy) Hamburg, MD, to serve as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Dr. Hamburg has served as a TFAH Board Member for the past five-and-a-half years.

“"We are pleased and proud that President Barack Obama has selected Peggy Hamburg to serve as FDA Commissioner.  With this selection, the President is sending a strong signal that the public’s health and safety will be the top priorities of the nation’s largest regulatory agency.  Peggy has the expertise and judgment needed for this challenging position, and the American people should rest assured that she will always act in their best interests and that her decisions will be grounded in science and evidence.

"Peggy is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in public health and medicine.  Her commitment to fighting health threats, ranging from tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, bioterrorism, foodborne illnesses, and other infectious diseases, is world renowned.  

"She’'s also a proven manager, having turned around an ailing and under-resourced health department in New York City, where she restored both morale among workers and the agency’s credibility among its citizens.  

"As top policy advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services during the Clinton Administration, Peggy helped craft and implement forward-thinking policies on a wide range of health concerns.  And she has shown she can reach across party lines – having worked for both Democratic and Republican mayors in New York City – and across segments of government, industry, and a wide range of community groups.  

"On behalf of the Trust for America’s Health, I’'d like to thank Peggy for her service and dedication as part of our Board for nearly six years.  We wish her well in her new position at FDA, and know she will serve with the grace, competence, and integrity that she brings to everything she does."”

Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.


Elle Hogan
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