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About the Commissioner of Financial Regulation

Gordon M. Cooley, Commissioner of Financial RegulationGordon M. Cooley, Commissioner of Financial Regulation

Gordon M. Cooley was appointed Commissioner of Financial Regulation on July 30, 2015 and confirmed by the Maryland Senate on February 4, 2016 after serving as Acting Commissioner of the Office of the Commissioner Financial Regulation since July 1, 2014. Mr. Cooley joined the Office as Deputy Commissioner in December, 2013 and is responsible for the Office as a whole, including the supervision of 53 banks, credit unions, and trust companies with depository assets totaling over $30 billion and non-depository trust company managed and non-managed assets totaling over $290 billion. The Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation also supervises over 16,000 non-depository licensees and registrants including mortgage lenders, brokers, servicers, and originators, money transmitters, check cashers, debt management services providers, debt settlement services providers, consumer lenders, sales finance companies, installment loan companies, credit service businesses, collection agencies and credit reporting agencies.

Mr. Cooley brings 28 years of banking and financial services experience to the Division. Most recently, Mr. Cooley was Regional President, PNC Bank, in the bank's western Maryland region.

Prior banking roles include positions with PNC predecessors in Maryland, Farmers & Mechanics National Bank and F&M Bancorp where he served as general counsel and in various capacities as a member of the executive management team, and also Mercantile Bankshares Corporation, where Mr. Cooley served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.

Past service includes President of The Bar Association of Frederick County, Maryland, and the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau's Equal Justice Council, and service from 2011 to 2014 on the board of the Maryland Humanities Council.

For his commitment to pro bono service, Mr. Cooley has been recognized as 1 of 100 Champions of Justice by the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau at its 100th anniversary celebration, by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland at its 20th anniversary celebration, and by the Frederick County Bar Association with the first Gordon M. Cooley Pro Bono Service Award. Mr. Cooley received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Randolph-Macon College and his J.D. degree from the University of Richmond, Virginia.