Senate Banking to Hold Confirmation Hearing for New SEC Commissioners Peirce, Fairfax

Hearing to be held March 15

Mercatus fellow Hester Peirce. Mercatus fellow Hester Peirce.

The Senate Banking Committee will hold confirmation hearings on Tuesday, March 15, for Lisa Fairfax and Hester Peirce to be the two new commissioners at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mercatus fellow Peirce replaces SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher, a Republican, who left his post on Oct. 2; Gallagher’s term was to expire in 2016. George Washington University law professor Fairfax replaces Luis Aguilar, a Democrat, who left the agency on Dec. 1.

Peirce, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, has also served as a lawyer for the Senate Banking Committee and is a verbal opponent of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. Peirce would also likely oppose a fiduciary rule issued by the SEC that imposes the Investment Adviser Act fiduciary duty on brokers.

Fairfax is the Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. Prior to joining the GW law faculty, she was a professor of law and director of the Business Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law.

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