My political career began as a consumer advocate when I led the successful campaign in 1969 to put freshness dates on products sold in the supermarket. I am a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where I serve as the Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection subcommittee. On the Committee, I have continued my efforts to protect consumers from unfair business practices, unsafe products, insurance abuses, and harmful chemicals in products, and to improve the safety of children's products, vehicles, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
Legislation I've Introduced
Safe Cosmetics Act – The Safe Cosmetics Act would phase out the use of dangerous chemicals, including carcinogens and reproductive toxins, from use in personal care products. Visit Cosmetic Safety for more information.
More on Consumer Protection
Washington, DC (February 16, 2012) - Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following joint statement in response to the President's budget request for additional funding through user fees for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct oversight of the cosmetics industry:
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2010) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) was awarded a 2010 Safety Leader Award today by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, an alliance of consumer groups that work to improve the safety of America's roads, save lives, and reduce injuries.