Hester M. Peirce

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Hester M. Peirce
Occupation Commissioner
Employer Securities & Exchange Commission
Personal Twitter @HesterPeirce

Hester M. Peirce was sworn in as a commissioner at the SEC on January 11, 2018, along with Robert J. Jackson Jr. The two appointments gave the SEC its full complement of commissioners, clearing the way for the body to recommence rulemaking.[1]

She was re-nominated for a full five-year term by President Donald Trump in June 2020, shortly before her first term was due to expire.[2] Peirce was sworn into her second term on August 17.[3]

Peirce’s work has been published in such outlets as the Hill and American Banker, and she is a regular contributor to Real Clear Markets. She is the editor of, and a contributor to, the book Reframing Financial Regulation: Enhancing Stability and Protecting Consumers, published by Mercatus in 2016.[4]


Peirce joined the SEC from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where she was a senior research fellow and director of the Financial Markets Working Group. She previously worked for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and, before that, as counsel to then-SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins, and as a staff attorney in the Division of Investment Management.

Before that, she clerked for Judge Roger B. Andewelt on the Court of Federal Claims and was an associate at a Washington, DC law firm.


Peirce earned a BA in economics from Case Western Reserve University and a JD from Yale Law School.


  1. SEC swears in Peirce and Jackson. Reuters.
  2. Trump Taps SEC’s Peirce for Second Term at Agency (1). Bloomberg Law.
  3. Hester Peirce sworn in as SEC commissioner for second term. The Block Crypto.
  4. Hester Peirce. Mercatus.