Occupation: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director
A former Ohio attorney general, Cordray heads the new federal agency tasked with policing consumer products like mortgages and credit cards. As the most widely publicized and comprehensible element of the Democrats' 2010 overhaul of financial regulations, the CFPB remains a popular political football. To get around Republican opposition, President Obama recess-appointed Cordray in January, and GOPers in Congress continue to fret as the bureau redesigns mortgage contracts and regulates payday lenders.
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