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QUICK TAKE: Obama Looking at Former H.W. Bush Official for Fed Spot -- WSJ

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November 14, 2011

The White House is "seriously considering" Jerome Powell, a former Treasury Department official in the George H.W. Bush administration, to fill one of two vacancies on the seven-member Federal Reserve Board, The Wall Street Journal reported.

After he left Treasury in 1993, Powell spent eight years as a partner at private-equity firm Carlyle Group. He also worked at Bankers Trust Co.; private-equity firm the Global Environment Fund; and his own investment company. Powell, a Republican, has contributed to the campaigns of GOP contenders Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman. 

The administration has been searching for a Republican for months to in an attempt to fill the two open spots with a Republican and a Democrat. The leading candidate for the other slot, according to The Journal, is Harvard University finance economist Jeremy Stein, who served in the Obama administration in 2009 as a senior advisor to the Treasury Secretary and on the staff of the National Economic Council.

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