Senate committee confirms Mary Jo White to head SEC

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Mary Jo White

Mary Jo White was confirmed to be the next chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

The panel voted 21-1, with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, casting the dissenting vote. Full Senate confirmation is expected in the coming weeks.

Mr. Brown, who chairs the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, said in a statement that while he did not question the integrity of the former federal prosecutor and securities attorney, “I do question Washington's long-held bias toward Wall Street and its inability to find watchdogs outside of the very industry that they are meant to police. Mary Jo White will have plenty of opportunities to prove me wrong. I hope she will.”

At a March 12 confirmation hearing, Ms. White told the committee members that she would push the agency to finish work on a regulatory agenda mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, and to boost enforcement.