The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has picked William Gradison to be acting chairperson of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.[@@]

The PCAOB is the arm of the SEC responsible for supervising accounting firms that audit public companies.

Gradison served as president of the Health Insurance Association of America, Washington, from 1993 to 1998. He is best known as one of the originators of the “Harry and Louise” campaign that helped block implementation of Clinton administration health coverage reform efforts.

Before Gradison ran the HIAA, he served as mayor of Cincinnati and spent 9 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

After leaving HIAA, Gradison worked as a lobbyist in the Washington office of Patton Boggs L.L.P.

Gradison has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from Harvard University and a doctorate from Harvard University.