Jim Turner, Esq. is a Principal in the Washington DC-based law firm Swankin & Turner, where he represents consumer groups in a range of regulatory matters, from food, drug, and health matters to the environment and product-safety. He has served as special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Food, Nutrition, and Health and to the Senate Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Research. Spanning a career of nearly 50 years, Jim has championed numerous consumer rights issues, such as the FDA’s ban on cyclamates, the FDA’s reclassification of acupuncture needles so they could be safely imported, and alerting consumers and legislators about Aspartame. Jim was interviewed by Mike Wallace on CBS-TV’s Sixty Minutes’s 1996 segment exposing the dangers of Aspartame. Jim Turner’s most recent book is Voice of the People: The Transpartisan Imperative in American Life, in which he and others argue that there is more general public agreement on many issues than we tend to think.