President Bush formally nominated Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., to become the next chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, succeeding William Donaldson, who stepped down June 30 after nearly two-and-a-half years at the helm of the regulator. In the interim, the president appointed SEC commissioner Cynthia Glassman to serve as acting SEC chair until Cox is confirmed. A confirmation hearing for Cox -- which requires Senate approval -- could occur in July. Meanwhile, Senate Minority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has recommended that Bush nominate Annette Nazareth, currently the commission's market regulation division director, for the commissioner post that will be vacated when Harvey Goldschmid leaves in the fall for a teaching post at Columbia Law School.
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