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Obama nominating 2 women for SEC

Obama nominating 2 women for SEC

President Barack Obama is nominating two women, both attorneys and academics at Washington-area universities, as members of the Securities and Exchange Commission to fill vacancies on the five-member SEC.

The White House announced the nominations Tuesday.

They are Lisa Fairfax, a Democrat, who teaches law at George Washington University, and Hester Peirce, a Republican, who heads a financial markets program at George Mason University and was formerly a Senate aide.

If they are confirmed by the Senate, four of the five SEC commissioners will be women.

The independent agency oversees Wall Street and the financial markets. It is headed by Mary Jo White, a former...