Following President Bush’s nomination, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao announced that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Edwin G. Foulke Jr. of South Carolina
Following President Bush’s nomination, Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao announced that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Edwin G. Foulke Jr. of South Carolina as the new Assistant Secretary of Labor to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Prior to his nomination, Foulke was a partner with the law firm Jackson Lewis LLP in Greenville, S.C., where he chaired the firm’s OSHA practice group. He served on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission from 1990 to 1995, chairing the group for much of that period. The commission is an independent federal adjudicatory agency that renders decisions in job safety and health disputes arising from OSHA inspections.
Foulke graduated from North Carolina State University in 1974. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University in 1978 and a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1993. He also served as an adjunct professor at St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans.
No indication is yet apparent of the direction in which Assistant Secretary Foulke will lead the Agency; however, little change is anticipated. OSHA’s current five-year plan extends through 2008.