The Senate confirmed Mary Jo White on Monday to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, and she could be behind her desk at the agency as early as Tuesday.
Without fanfare, the Senate approved White by unanimous consent, signaling that because she had strong bipartisan support, an official vote count was not necessary. White must now sign presidential appointment papers and get officially sworn in before she can take the reins from the current SEC chief, Elisse B. Walter.
In an e-mail to SEC employees, Walter said a ceremonial swearing-in may take place at the agency’s Washington headquarters on Friday for the staff to attend.
White, a former federal prosecutor who has spent the past decade as a white-collar attorney in New York, dazzled lawmakers from both parties with her credentials. She sailed through her confirmation hearing with a 21 to 1 vote last month, despite previous concerns about her strong ties to Wall Street.