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Keith E. Cassidy Named Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Office

Washington D.C., March 21, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Keith E. Cassidy has been named Director of the agency’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.  Mr. Cassidy succeeds Tim Henseler, who was named Office Chief in the Division of Corporation Finance’s Office of Enforcement Liaison.

Mr. Cassidy has served as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs since 2011.  He advises the Chair, Commissioners, and SEC staff on legislative matters, provides technical assistance on securities-related legislation to congressional committees and staff, and assists in preparing SEC testimony for congressional hearings.


“Keith is a committed public servant and dedicated member of our military. His tremendous knowledge of both the securities laws and Congress are real assets to the SEC,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White.  “Keith consistently provides wise counsel, and I look forward to continuing to work with him in protecting America’s investors and markets.”


Mr. Cassidy added, “Working with Chair White, the Commissioners, and the talented staff of the SEC has been an honor.  I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to do so and look forward to further advancing our critical mission.”


Mr. Cassidy began his career at the SEC as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs in 2010 before being promoted to Deputy Director in 2011.  He is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps Reserve where he serves as the Operations Liaison Officer for B Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion and has earned numerous awards.  Mr. Cassidy previously worked as Chief of Staff and Counsel at the Department of Justice’s Office of Legislative Affairs from 2008 through 2009.  He also has experience on Capitol Hill, having served as a legislative assistant in the United States Senate from 2005 to 2007.


Mr. Cassidy received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2005 and his LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center where he graduated with distinction in 2016.  He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2002.


The SEC also announced that in addition to being Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Anne-Marie Kelley was named Senior Adviser to the Chair.

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