The New York Senate has confirmed Governor Hochul’s nomination of Adrienne Harris to serve as Superintendent of the state’s Department of Financial Services.  Ms. Harris has been serving as Acting Superintendent since the departure of her predecessor, Linda Lacewell, in August 2021.

Ms. Harris previously served as a Senior Advisor in the Treasury Department during the Obama Administration.  Following her time at the Treasury Department, Ms. Harris joined The White House, where she was appointed as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, as part of the National Economic Council.  Since leaving the White House in January 2017, Ms. Harris has served as General Counsel and Chief Business Officer for a title insurance and settlement services company.  She has also served as a senior adviser at a Washington, D.C. public-relations firm, where she advised financial institutions, fintech companies, and venture-capital firms.  Her nomination drew opposition from progressive groups, who claimed her background indicated she was overly “business-friendly.”