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John Riley quits as CFTC legislative affairs director

John Riley, the legislative affairs director at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is leaving the agency this month after a 30-year career in Federal service.

Riley, a former Capitol Hill staffer, has led the Office of Legislative Affairs while Congress debated and passed landmark financial reform legislation and as the CFTC implemented its key provisions.
 
“During his 30 year career in public service, John has contributed his knowledge and experience to the benefit of this agency, to the Congress, and to the citizens we serve,” says acting chairman Mark P Wetjen. “His understanding of the legislative process helped the CFTC navigate the challenges of its expanded mandate under the Dodd-Frank Act and achieve the aims of that legislation more effectively. I and the entire CFTC team appreciate John’s tireless efforts during his tenure, and wish him well as he enters a new chapter.”
 
“The CFTC’s Commissioners were tremendous to work with. I am grateful to acting chairman Wetjen and commissioner O’Malia for the support they so generously and consistently provided me; and to former chairman Gary Gensler for giving me the opportunity to participate in the work of the CFTC.  I also want to particularly express deep appreciation to my colleagues in the Office of Legislative Affairs as well as the Office of Public Affairs,” says Riley.
 
Riley, who has no announced plans, will depart the agency on 9 May.

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