BNA is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has sent forward the names of two individuals to be considered as Democratic representatives to the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the report, Reid has proposed Atlanta lawyer, Luis Aguilar and FINRA official, Elisse Walter to serve as new members of the Commission. The Commission has been down one Commissioner since August when Democrat Roel Campos resigned. Democrat Ann Nazareth has also announced her resignation, but continues to serve as a Commissioner. By law, no more than three Commissioners can be members of the same political party. The resignations, when effective, would leave the Commission with three Republican Commissioners and no Democrats.
The current vacancies on the Commission are a sore spot between Chairman Christopher Cox and the SEC’s Congressional overseeers, as Cox maintains that the Commission will move forward on controversial proxy access proposals despite the absence of a full complement of Commissioners. Congressional leaders on the other hand have urged Cox to postpone action on proxy access until the existing and prospective vacancies are filled.
Here is the BNA story (subscription required): Securities Regulation & Law Rpt – FINRA Official, Atlanta Lawyer Said Dems Picks for Slots on SEC