Mary Jo White has stepped to the front of the line of financialregulators moving aside for Donald Trump's administration.

White, a political independent appointed by President BarackObama, said Monday that she will step down as Securities andExchange Commission chair in January. Her nearly four-year tenurehas been highlighted by high-profile enforcement cases and plaguedby internal battles that stalled controversial policies.

With the Senate under Republican control, Trump is likely tohave a relatively easy time installing his choices to run the SECand other agencies, so the vacancy might be filledquickly. The five-seat commission is already two members shortand White has essentially represented a tie-breaking vote betweenRepublican Michael Piwowar and Democrat Kara Stein, who split onmajor issues.

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