HARRISBURG – Gov. Edward G. Rendell today announced that the state Senate has unanimously confirmed Robin Wiessmann’s appointment to the office of state Treasurer.
“I have enormous confidence in Robin’s expertise and experience in public finance,” Rendell said. “The commonwealth is fortunate to have her at the helm of the Treasury.”
Wiessmann was sworn in during a private ceremony in Harrisburg today.
Wiessmann, of Newtown, Bucks County, has been an investment banker in public finance for more than two decades. She is currently serving as a director with Merrill Lynch and was a founding principal and president of Artemis Capital Group, the leading women-owned investment banking firm in the United States. She was presented with the “Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award” from the National Women Executives in State Government Association in 1999.
Wiessmann was a board member and chair of the investment committee for an $18 billion (now in excess of $25 billion) public sector pension fund called the International City Managers Association-Retirement Corporation. She most recently served as director of Vantagepoint Funds – the mutual fund of the ICMA pension fund.
She has also been a financial advisor and investment banker for numerous state treasurers, including Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and California. Among these state treasurers were Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Texas), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana) and Kathleen Brown (California). She also has served as a financial advisor and investment banker to the comptrollers of New York State and New York City.
Rendell said Wiessmann has agreed to serve without pursuing election for the office when her term expires.
“I thank the Senate and Governor Rendell for the opportunity to serve the commonwealth in this vital role,” Wiessmann said. “Pennsylvanians trust the Treasurer’s office to make wise investments with their money and I intend to work hard every day to earn – and keep – that trust.”
Wiessmann graduated cum laude from Lafayette College and earned her J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law.