State Banking Secretary Steve Kaplan announced today that David H. Bleicken has been named the Banking Department's deputy secretary of nondepository institutions and consumer services.
"David is a nationally-recognized leader in the oversight of the mortgage industry," Kaplan said. "Current turmoil in the mortgage and housing industry make him an exceptional addition to the department's executive team. We're lucky to have him."
Bleicken has served the Banking Department in various capacities since 1997; most recently as director of the bureau of licensing, investigation and consumer services, in which he significantly increased scrutiny of license applications and created a new investigation division.
Bleicken is also president of the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators, a national trade group that works to increase the knowledge and ability of those engaged in the administration and enforcement of mortgage regulation.
"In addition to mortgage bankers and brokers, the department licenses 18 different kinds of non-bank financial service providers, including check cashers, pawn shops, collector repossessors and many others," Kaplan said. "It was crucial to find a candidate with a deep understanding of Pennsylvania's laws. David was a natural fit."
Bleicken earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Carleton College and a Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law. He lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife, Marianne, and two children.
For more information, visit www.banking.state.pa.us.