Jay Clayton

American lawyer

Walter J. "Jay" Clayton III is an American attorney. He is the 32nd and current Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission since May 4, 2017.

Jay Clayton
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32nd Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Assumed office
May 4, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byMary Jo White
Personal details
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (B.S.Eng., J.D.)
University of Cambridge (B.A., M.A.)

From 1993 to 1995, Clayton clerked for Marvin Katz, judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.[1]

At Sullivan & Cromwell, Clayton was co-managing partner of the firm's General Practice Group.[2]

On January 4, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Clayton to be SEC Chairman.[3] On May 2, 2017, the U.S. Senate voted 61-37 to confirm Clayton as Chairman of the SEC. Votes cast in favor of Clayton's confirmation included nine Democrats and one Independent alongside 51 Republican votes.[4] On May 4, 2017, Clayton was sworn in, marking the official beginning of his role as Chairman.[5]


  1. "Jay Clayton". Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  2. "We Don't Need a Crisis to Act Unitedly Against Cyber Threats". Knowledge@Wharton. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  3. Lovelace Jr., Berkeley (4 January 2017). "SECChairNom". CNBC. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  4. "Senate Confirms Wall St Attorney Jay Clayton to Head SEC". The New York Times. 2017-05-02. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  5. "Clayton Sworn In As SEC Chairman". www.mondaq.com. Retrieved 2017-05-08.