Kathy Kraninger

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Kathy Kraninger
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2nd Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Assumed office
December 11, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyBrian Johnson (acting)
Preceded byRichard Cordray
Personal details
Born (1974-12-28) December 28, 1974 (age 44)
Chagrin Falls, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationMarquette University (BS)
Georgetown University (JD)

Kathleen Laura Kraninger (born December 28, 1974) is an American government official serving as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since December 11, 2018.[1] She previously worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget in the Trump administration.[2][3][4][5]

She is a graduate of Marquette University, where she studied history and political science and earned her certification to teach high school social studies. After graduation from college, she taught as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, which redirected her professional career to government services. She has served since then in various US government offices.[6][7][8]

Early life[edit]

Kraninger comes from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.[7] She studied at Marquette University (1993–97), where she graduated magna cum laude with a BS in political science and history, then studied at Georgetown University Law Center (2003–07), where she obtained her JD.[9]


Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau[edit]

On June 16, 2018, White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters announced that President Donald Trump would nominate Kraninger as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,[10] a position then held by OMB Director Mick Mulvaney. Her nomination was criticized for a perceived lack of qualifications by consumer groups and conservatives in the Senate.[11] Senator Elizabeth Warren threatened to block the nomination over Kraninger's alleged role in the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which drew criticism for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border.[12] Kraninger was confirmed on December 6, 2018 in a 50–49 straight party-line vote.[13]


In 2014, Marquette University awarded Kraninger its Young Alumna of the Year Award.[7] In 2009 she was granted the Meritorious Public Service Award by the United States Coast Guard. [14]


  1. ^ O'Donnell, Katy (December 6, 2018). "Senate confirms Trump nominee Kraninger to lead consumer bureau". Politico. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  2. ^ OMB Personnel, US Government Manual, accessed 06/16/2018
  3. ^ Perlman, Derek Kravitz,Al Shaw,Claire. "Kathleen Kraninger | Trump Town". ProPublica. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Kathleen L. Kraninger (interview), C-SPAN
  5. ^ Clozel, Lalita. "Kathy Kraninger to Be Nominated to Head Consumer Financial Protection Bureau". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  6. ^ (ProPublica), Al Shaw. "Kathleen Kraninger Financial Disclosure". documentcloud.org. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c http://www.marquette.edu/alumni/awards-2014/recipient_kraninger.php Young Alumna of the Year Award
  8. ^ Kathy Kraninger Joins The Sentinel HS Group as Senior Director. JOC.com
  9. ^ https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-115shrg32318/pdf/CHRG-115shrg32318.pdf
  10. ^ Lane, Sylvan (June 16, 2018). "Trump to nominate budget official as next consumer bureau chief". TheHill. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Trump set to nominate OMB's Kraninger to succeed Mulvaney as consumer watchdog, sparking criticism from both left and right". CNBC. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Smith, Ryan. "Warren threatens to block Trump's CFPB nominee". MPA Mag. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "US Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress - 2nd Session". United States Government Publishing Office. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  14. ^ https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-115shrg32318/pdf/CHRG-115shrg32318.pdf
Government offices
Preceded by
Richard Cordray
Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau