Charles G. Cooper

Texas Department of Banking

Charles G. Cooper was appointed Texas banking commissioner by the Texas Finance Commission on December 1, 2008. His career in the banking industry spans almost 50 years and includes senior-level positions in both the public and private sectors. As Texas banking commissioner, his responsibilities include the chartering, regulation, supervision, and examination of 213 Texas state-chartered banks (as of September 30, 2022) with aggregate assets of approximately $419.8 billion. In addition, the department supervises trust companies, foreign bank agencies and branches, prepaid funeral licensees, money service businesses, and perpetual care cemeteries. 

He has served in various positions with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS). He was elected chairman in 2016 and currently serves as chairman emeritus. In September 2018, state bank supervisors appointed him to serve as the state banking representative on the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) for a two-year term. He was re-appointed to this position in September 2020 to serve another two-year term. He also serves as the state representative on the Financial and Banking Information Infrastructure Committee (FBIIC) and is heavily involved in promoting cybersecurity efforts in the financial sector. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently announced his selection to the FFIEC’s State Liaison Committee (SLC) for a two-year term. Concurrently, the SLC announced his selection as its chairman. 

Cooper began his career in banking in 1970 with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the Dallas Region. In his 12 years in the public sector, he served in various capacities including, examiner, review examiner, and field office supervisor of the Houston Northeast Field Office. He made the transition to the private sector in 1982 and since then has served as a banking executive.