Robert Jackson Jr. and Hester Peirce were sworn into office as SEC Commissioners on Thursday morning by Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton.
Jackson and Peirce were nominated to the SEC by President Donald Trump, and their nominations were confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 21st.
“I look forward to working with Rob and Hester as we continue our focus on our vital mission and ensuring that our markets are working for the benefit of Main Street investors,” chairman Clayton said. “It is clear to me they will bring energy, commitment, and dedication to our work and have our mission at the front of their minds.”
Jackson joins the SEC from NYU School of Law, where he was a professor of law. He previously was professor of law and director of the program on corporate law and policy at Columbia Law School.
Jackson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Finance from Wharton, a master of public policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and his juris doctor from Harvard Law School.
Peirce comes to the SEC from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where she served as a senior research fellow and director of the financial markets working group.
She previously worked for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and, prior to that, as counsel to then-SEC Commissioner Paul Atkins and as a staff attorney in the Division of Investment Management.
Peirce earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Case Western Reserve University and her juris doctor from Yale Law School.
Jackson fills a term that expires on June 5, 2019, while Peirce fills a term that expires on June 5, 2020.