The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association has hired former U.S. Rep. Kenneth E. Bentsen Jr. as head of its office here and as executive vice president of public policy and advocacy.

A Texas Democrat and former muni market banker, Bentsen served in the House from 1995 to 2003, and most recently has been president and chief operating officer of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, which represents financial services companies and manufacturers in the $650 billion U.S. equipment finance sector.

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