DAGA Statement on Appointment of New Jersey AG Gurbir Grewal being Named Director of Enforcement Division of the SEC

June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) released the following statements on the announcement from the Securities and Exchange Commission that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal will lead the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.

Statement from Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Nevada AG Aaron Ford, Co-Chairs of the Democratic Attorneys General Association:

“Attorney General Grewal not only fought tirelessly for the citizens of New Jersey, but all Americans, taking on issues like protecting the Affordable Care Act, challenging the Trump administration’s attacks on diverse communities, and addressing policing reform and gun violence. Although he will be missed, Gurbir’s move from policing Main Street, New Jersey to policing Wall Street will be a huge benefit to the Biden-Harris administration and all investors.” 

Attorney General Grewal’s office had at least 77 cases challenging the Trump administration’s federal policies.  

Statement from Sean Rankin, Executive Director, DAGA:

“Attorney General Grewal’s appointment to lead enforcement at the SEC is an investment in America. By selecting a Democratic AG who is unflinching in a fight but balanced in demeanor shows the reasoned approach of the Biden-Harris administration to protect all investors – big or small – and their future hopes for themselves and their families. AG Grewal distinguished himself and honored his constituents by making substantive progress in issues once considered intractable and in defending the interests of the people of his state against the negligence of the previous administration.”

“Gurbir Grewal’s selection makes him the fifth former Democratic AG to join the Biden-Harris administration. This is a testament to the important role state attorney general play in defending the voting rights, reproductive rights, and equity.”

“We look forward to welcoming Governor Phil Murphy’s choice for the next AG of New Jersey into the greater attorney general family.” 

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