Mark P. Wetjen

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Mark P. Wetjen
Occupation Commissioner
Employer Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Location Washington, DC
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Mark P. Wetjen is a commissioner with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). He became acting chairman upon the end of Chairman Gary Gensler’s service in January 2014. [1] He will remain acting chairman until the Senate confirmation of Timothy Massad, who was nominated as chairman in November 2013.

He was nominated as a commissioner in July 2011, and approved in October 2011, for a term ending on June 19, 2016.[2] He was sworn in as a commissioner on October 26, 2011, replacing the retiring Mike Dunn.[3]

Upon Wetjen's confirmation in 2011, the Futures Industry Association (FIA) released a statement, saying that Wetjen's "commitment to a careful, measured and thoughtful process for consideration of regulatory matters is one that we can all endorse."[4]


In May 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Wetjen to replace CFTC Commissioner Michael Dunn, who had served in the position since December of 2004.[5][6]

Wetjen was formerly a top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), beginning in 2004. Before that, he worked for Lionel Sawyer & Collins and specialized in regulatory issues affecting financial institutions. Early in his career, Wetjen focused on municipal finance transactions for the law firm Sherman & Howard.

He is also known for his work on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, which gave the CFTC new authority to oversee the over-the-counter derivatives market.


  • J.D. (with distinction), University of Iowa College of Law (1996 – 1999)
  • B.A. (summa cum laude), Liberal Arts, Creighton University (1992 – 1996)


  1. CFTC Names Mark P. Wetjen Acting Chairman of the Commission. CFTC.
  2. Senate confirms Mark Wetjen as new CFTC commissioner. Futures Magazine.
  3. Wetjen Formally Joins CFTC to Complete Dodd-Frank Swaps Rules. Bloomberg.
  4. Senate Confirms Mark Wetjen as CFTC Commissioner (Oct. 21, 2011). FIA.
  5. Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate, 5/12/2011. White House.
  6. President Obama Nominates Mark P. Wetjen to CFTC. American Banker.