Senate votes to seat first Fed vice chairman for supervision

The Senate has confirmed Randal Quarles as vice chairman for supervision of the Federal Reserve, the first person to serve in that position.

The confirmation of Quarles, 60, is the first by President Donald Trump to the Fed Board; two seats remain open, and the resignation of Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer (effective Oct. 13) will open a third.

Quarles was actually confirmed to two terms: the first completing the remainder of an existing term of a former Fed governor, ending next February, the second to a 14-year term, ending in 2032.

Quarles will be the first to assume his new position at the Federal Reserve. Although the position of vice chairman for supervision was mandated by the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (commonly referred to as Dodd–Frank), it has never been filled.

The new vice chairman has long experience in government. He served in the administration of President George Herbert Walker Bush from 1990-93 as special assistant to the Treasury Secretary for banking legislation and as Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary for financial institutions policy. From 2001-06, he served in the administration of President George Walker Bush as U.S. Executive Director, International Monetary Fund, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, and Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance.

Most recently, he was a founder and partner of the Cynosure Group of Salt Lake City, a private equity investment company.

Bio, background for Randal Quarles

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