Sarah Bloom Raskin

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Sarah Bloom Raskin
Sarah Bloom Raskin official portrait.jpg
United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
In office
March 19, 2014 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byMary J. Miller (acting)
Neal S. Wolin
Succeeded byJustin Muzinich
Member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
In office
October 4, 2010 – March 13, 2014
Appointed byBarack Obama
Succeeded byMarvin Goodfriend (nominee)
Personal details
Sarah Bloom

(1961-04-15) April 15, 1961 (age 58)
Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Spouse(s)Jamie Raskin
EducationAmherst College (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Sarah Bloom Raskin (born April 15, 1961) is an American attorney and regulator, who was formerly a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and a former United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. Previously, she served as Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation. She is currently a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University.

She is considered to be a potential future Secretary of the Treasury.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Raskin was born Sarah Bloom to a Jewish family in Medford, Massachusetts, the daughter of Arlene (née Perlis) and Herbert Bloom.[2][3][4] She holds a Juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Amherst College, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on monetary policy. She is a 1979 alumna of Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School in Flossmoor, Ill.[5] Raskin was honored with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Muhlenberg College on May 19th, 2019.[[1]]


Raskin worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter and as counsel for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee.[6] Prior to serving as Commissioner, she was a Managing Director at the Promontory Financial Group. Raskin also served as chief financial regulator for Maryland.[7]

President Obama nominated Raskin to the Federal Reserve Board along with fellow nominees Dr. Janet Yellen, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor Peter A. Diamond.[5] Raskin and Yellen were unanimously confirmed as Federal Reserve Board governors by the United States Senate on September 30, 2010.[8] On October 4, 2010, both were sworn in by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.[9] As a member of the Federal Reserve Board, Raskin gained a reputation as someone focused on consumer protection and income inequality.[7]

On July 31, 2013, President Barack Obama announced that he would nominate Raskin to the second-in-command position of Deputy Secretary at the United States Department of the Treasury.[10] She was confirmed to the position on March 12, 2014 by a voice vote.[11] Upon confirmation, Raskin became the highest-ranked woman in the history of the Treasury Department.[7] Raskin was sworn in on March 19, 2014.[12] Upon her confirmation as Deputy Secretary she resigned as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on March 13, 2014.[13]

During the 2017–18 academic year, Raskin is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Personal life[edit]

Raskin is married to Jamie Raskin, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland's 8th congressional district.[14] They have three teenage children and currently live in Takoma Park, Maryland.[15]


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  2. ^ Marquis Who's Who (1 December 1996). "Who's Who of American Women, 1997–1998". Marquis Who's Who. Retrieved 10 December 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Jewish Insider's Daily Kickoff: April 13, 2018". Haaretz. April 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Herbert Bloom, 87". Westport Now. March 26, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Reddy, Sudeep (April 29, 2010), "Obama Nominates Yellen, Raskin, Diamond to Fed Board", Wall Street Journal
  6. ^ Chan, Sewell (12 March 2010). "Top Choices Are Floated to Fill Seats on Fed Board". Retrieved 10 December 2018 – via
  7. ^ a b c Mui, Ylan (12 March 2014). "Senate confirms Fed governor for No. 2 post at Treasury". Washington Post. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  8. ^ Business news in brief Two confirmed to Fed board; BP updates safety practices; earnings reports, September 29, 2010 (October 9, 2010)
  9. ^ Fed Press Release, October 4, 2010 (October 9, 2010)
  10. ^ Ylan Q. Mui, Wash. Post, Fed’s Raskin is chosen for deputy Treasury secretary, July 31, 2013.
  11. ^ "United States Senate Periodical Press Gallery". United States Senate. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Sarah Bloom Raskin Sworn in as Deputy Secretary". Press Center. United States Department of the Treasury. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Membership of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 1914–Present". Appointive Members. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Congressman-elect Jamie Raskin resigns Maryland Senate seat". The Washington Post. 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  15. ^ Friends of Jamin Raskin (2006). "Biography". Jamie Raskin for State Senate campaign web site. Archived from the original on August 27, 2006. Retrieved May 4, 2006.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mary J. Miller
United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
Succeeded by
Justin Muzinich