[Ed. – As far as we know Ms. Hodgman was uninvolved in the Strzok-Page political melodrama in 2016, and she’s been a government employee for years. There was probably no reason to deny her the advancement. Just a reminder of what we’re dealing with all over the federal government: not just relatives of various kinds rotating in the various “swamp” institutions, but spouses with long careers in federal service in common. With the best will in the world, it’s still a moral hazard beyond a certain tipping point.]
President Joe Biden’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it hired Melissa Hodgman to lead the agency as its acting director of the Division of Enforcement last week.
“Melissa’s dedication to investor protection, broad experience in the Division, and proven track record of collaboration and creative problem solving make her ideally suited to this role,” SEC Acting Chair Allison Herren Lee celebrated in a statement. “As Associate Director, Melissa has overseen a wide range of complex and programmatically important matters, and has been a leading voice in the Division on critical issues of diversity, hiring, and labor-management relations.”
Hodgman, according to the agency press release, has been with the SEC since 2008 as a longtime bureaucrat engaging in a wide range of litigation. Hodgman is also married to another, better-known longtime Washington bureaucrat, Peter Strzok, made famous for his role in the FBI’s deep-state Crossfire Hurricane operation, which featured a witch hunt investigation that sought to incriminate President Donald Trump.