Kenneth Bentsen, a former representative for Texas, has become an executive vice president at SIFMA and will head the group's Washington, D.C., office. He "will help drive our efforts to play a proactive, constructive role in the ongoing regulatory reform debate," said Timothy Ryan, president and CEO of SIFMA. Bentsen is a former investment banker who served on the influential House Financial Services Committee and most recently was president of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. Read SIFMA's news release. Read ELFA's news release.