Apart from championing the progressive movement, Theodore Roosevelt rekindled the idea of public opinion and giving political power back to the people. The previous administration headed by William McKinley was aristocratic and power was concentrated among the few elite. However, Roosevelt had served in capacities that exposed him to real problems affecting America in the early 20th Century such as pollution, low wages, and lack of consumer protection. Some of the legislation he championed were the Hepburn Act, Meat Inspection Act, and the Pure Food and Drug Act. These laws gave the government power to regulate the activities of industries and ensure that consumers were duly protected.