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
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Mary J. Miller (Acting)
Succeeded by Sigal Mandelker (Acting)
Governor of the Federal Reserve System
In office
October 4, 2010 – March 13, 2014
Appointed by Barack Obama
Succeeded by Marvin Goodfriend (Nominee)
Personal details
Born Sarah Bloom
(1961-04-15) April 15, 1961 (age 57)
Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
Spouse(s) Jamie Raskin
Education Amherst 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 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.

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.[1][2][3] She holds a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. 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.[4]


Raskin worked as an associate at Arnold & Porter and as counsel for the U.S. Senate Banking Committee.[5] Prior to serving as Commissioner, she was a Managing Director at the Promontory Financial Group. Raskin also served as chief financial regulator for Maryland.[6]

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.[4] Raskin and Yellen were unanimously confirmed as Federal Reserve Board governors by the United States Senate on September 30, 2010.[7] On October 4, 2010, both were sworn in by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.[8] As a member of the Federal Reserve Board, Raskin gained a reputation as someone focused on consumer protection and income inequality.[6]

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.[9] She was confirmed to the position on March 12, 2014 by a voice vote.[10] Upon confirmation, Raskin became the highest-ranked woman in the history of the Treasury Department.[6] Raskin was sworn in on March 19, 2014.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] They have three teenage children and currently live in Takoma Park, Maryland.[14]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Jewish Insider's Daily Kickoff: April 13, 2018". Haaretz. April 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "Herbert Bloom, 87". Westport Now. March 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Reddy, Sudeep (April 29, 2010), "Obama Nominates Yellen, Raskin, Diamond to Fed Board", Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c Mui, Ylan (12 March 2014). "Senate confirms Fed governor for No. 2 post at Treasury". Washington Post. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  7. ^ Business news in brief Two confirmed to Fed board; BP updates safety practices; earnings reports, September 29, 2010 (October 9, 2010)
  8. ^ Fed Press Release, October 4, 2010 (October 9, 2010)
  9. ^ Ylan Q. Mui, Wash. Post, Fed’s Raskin is chosen for deputy Treasury secretary, July 31, 2013.
  10. ^ "United States Senate Periodical Press Gallery". United States Senate. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Sarah Bloom Raskin Sworn in as Deputy Secretary". Press Center. United States Department of the Treasury. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^
  14. ^ 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
Sigal Mandelker