Warren has urged Biden to replace Quarles with someone who will be tougher on the financial industry and current Governor Lael Brainard has frequently been mentioned as a possible choice, if she doesn’t get the top job as chair.
Although his term as head of supervision lapsed last month, Quarles could have stayed on as a Fed governor because that term doesn’t expire until January 2032.
Biden now has the chance to fill at least three open seats at the Fed over the coming months.
“This serves as an undeniable reaffirmation that the White House has an opportunity to truly impact the composition of the Federal Reserve Board and therefore the course of the nation’s monetary and bank regulatory policy,” said Isaac Boltansky, director of policy research at BTIG.
And at the end of January, Fed vice chair Richard Clarida will have his term expire.
The biggest decision facing Biden is whether or not to reappoint Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, whose term leading the Fed expires in February.
Even if he’s not reappointed, Powell could technically stay on as a governor, though that is viewed as unlikely.