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Michael McRaith, director of insurance for the state of Illinois, has been appointed by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to head up the new Federal Insurance Office.
Geithner made the announcement on March 17 at a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a panel created by Dodd-Frank to assemble all heads of major financial regulators for discussion of matters that affect the financial sector. McRaith had been seen as a front-runner for the position, so the news was not a surprise.
McRaith will be the first person to hold the new position, and he won’t take his seat till June. In the meantime, he issued a statement that said, “I am honored to be appointed by Secretary Geithner to be Director of the Federal Insurance Office. I look forward to the challenges of that office when that work begins. In the meantime, I’m focused on my duties as director of insurance in Illinois, serving in Governor Quinn’s administration, and doing my best on behalf of the people of Illinois.”
In his new post, McRaith will be advising Congress and other federal entities on state insurance regulation and other insurance-related matters, such as insurers’ financial health. McRaith will also sit on the Financial Stability Oversight Council.