FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 19, 2011
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AARP CEO: Humphrey a ‘stellar choice’ to lead Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Older Americans
Washington, DC – AARP CEO A. Barry Rand issued the following statement in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s announcement of Hubert H. Humphrey III as assistant director of the Bureau’s Office of Older Americans.
“During a time when the financial security of older Americans is at risk, the need to safeguard them from fraudulent practices and to provide clear information is paramount. ‘Skip’ Humphrey is a stellar choice to help direct the important work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Older Americans, as he has proven leadership skills and an extraordinary passion for serving the needs of people 50+,”said Rand.
Humphrey was elected to the all-volunteer AARP Board of Directors in 2008. He has resigned from the Board. The Minnesota attorney general from 1983 to 1999, Humphrey initiated landmark litigation against the nation’s major tobacco companies. When Humphrey filed the lawsuit in 1994 – which aimed to stop targeted sales and advertising to children, among other things – no state had ever waged a successful attack on big tobacco. The settlement of $6.6 billion was the largest in state history. The son of the late Hubert Humphrey he earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in political science from American University. He was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1972 and served until 1983.
Previously, Humphrey was AARP Minnesota State President, senior vice president of Tunheim Partners and senior fellow at the Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is a former state senator, has served as a public affairs consultant and was a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
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