Debra Wong Yang a Potential Trump Pick for SEC ChairTuesday, December 6, 2016
Los Angeles could be sending another local player to join Donald Trump’s nascent presidential administration.
NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Trump was considering Debra Wong Yang, a partner at downtown’s Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, to chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Yang served as U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, which includes Los Angeles and Orange Counties, from 2002 to 2006 as a George W. Bush appointee. She was the first Asian American woman to serve in that position.
A spokeswoman for Gibson Dunn said Yang was not commenting on a potential appointment as SEC chair. Trump’s transition team did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Yang’s appointment would mean the continued presence of a former prosecutor at the helm of the nation’s top financial enforcement agency. While that could mean a continued crackdown on Wall Street wrongdoing, Yang has also represented high profile corporate clients since leaving her position as U.S. Attorney.
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