James A. Guest

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James A. Guest is an American lawyer and consumer advocate. He is President and CEO of Consumer Reports, a position he was appointed to in 2001 after 21 years as Chair of the Board of the organization, then called Consumers Union.

After graduating from Amherst College and Harvard Law School, he completed a Woodrow Wilson fellowship in economics from MIT. In the early 1970s, he served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA). Guest then moved to Vermont, where he was appointed State Commissioner of Banking and Insurance before being elected Secretary of State of Vermont in 1976. He garnered 47% of the vote against U.S. Senator Robert Stafford in 1982. He lost election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988.[citation needed] Prior to becoming president of Consumer Reports Guest directed Handgun Control and the Maryland chapter of Planned Parenthood, and started the American Pain Foundation. Guest resides in New York City.

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