By Sarah N. Lynch and Svea Herbst-Bayliss
WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Bharat R. Ramamurti, a legislative aide for Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, is a contender for one of the vacancies on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to people familiar with the matter.
Ramamurti is senior counsel to Warren on banking and economic policy and she is staunchly backing him for the SEC job, one of the sources told Reuters.
The sources spoke anonymously because the deliberations over SEC candidates are not public.
It is still unclear whether Ramamurti, who declined to comment, will ultimately be chosen for the position.
In prior instances with President Donald Trump's administration, candidates in the running for positions were sometimes dropped after their names became public.
Other names that are in the mix include law professor Jennifer Taub, the AFL-CIO's Heather Slavkin Corzo and Andy Green, a managing director at the Center for American Progress who previously worked for SEC Democratic Commissioner Kara Stein, the sources told Reuters.
Taub and Green declined to comment and Slavkin Corzo could not be immediately reached.
A spokesperson for the White House declined to comment, saying he could not discuss personnel matters.
The SEC is the primary regulator that polices and writes rules for Wall Street.
Trump must nominate three people to fill out the five-member panel, which is currently down to just two commissioners - Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar, a Republican, and Stein, a Democrat.
Wall Street deal-making attorney Jay Clayton, Trump's choice to lead the SEC, already had his nomination approved by the Senate Banking Committee earlier this month.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch in Washington and Svea Herbst-Bayliss in Boston; Editing by Chris Reese and Bill Trott)