The Washington Post

Head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau returns to ‘Jeopardy’

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray. (Gary Cameron/Reuters). Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray. (Gary Cameron/Reuters).

Q: This director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will appear on “Jeopardy” Wednesday.

A: Who is Richard Cordray?

That’s right, the head of the consumer watchdog agency will take part in the game show’s “Battle of the Decades” tournament, which pits former champions of the last 30 years against each other.

Back in 1987, Cordray won $45,303 as a five-time champion on the show.

“It was exciting. It was intimidating,” Cordray said of his first appearance, in a video posted on the Jeopardy Web site. “You recognize suddenly as you get there that two out of three contestants lose their game. And you’re just hoping you make a good account of yourself.”

One of Cordray’s friends who had been on the game show encouraged him to try out while he was attending law school. Cordray initially dismissed the idea because he was too swamped with work, but said he gave it a shot after graduation.

The Ohio native said he was surprised by how many people watched the show and recognized him.

“I got a couple of marriage proposals,” he joked.

After paying taxes on his winnings, Cordray said he used the remainder of the money to buy a car, take a trip with a friend and repay his dad for law school. Any winnings from Wednesday night’s show, however, will remain with the game show, according to CFPB spokeswoman Jennifer Howard.

If the director wins Wednesday night, he could earn a spot in the semifinals.

Jeopardy has posted a video to preview its “Battle of the Decades” tournament, in case any readers are interested in seeing Cordray as a younger man.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Comments
Show Comments
The Democrats debated Thursday night. Get caught up on the race.
The Post's Chris Cillizza on the Democratic debate...
On Clinton: She poked a series of holes in Sanders's health-care proposal and broadly cast him as someone who talks a big game but simply can't hope to achieve his goals.

On Sanders: If the challenge was to show that he could be a candidate for people other than those who already love him, he didn't make much progress toward that goal. But he did come across as more well-versed on foreign policy than in debates past.
The PBS debate in 3 minutes
Quoted
We are in vigorous agreement here.
Hillary Clinton, during the PBS Democratic debate, a night in which she and Sanders shared many of the same positions on issues
South Carolina polling averages
Donald Trump leads in the polls as he faces rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz heading into the S.C. GOP primary on Feb. 20.
South Carolina polling averages
The S.C. Democratic primary is Feb. 27. Clinton has a significant lead in the state, whose primary falls one week after the party's Nevada caucuses.
62% 33%
Fact Checker
Trump’s claim that his border wall would cost $8 billion
The billionaire's claim is highly dubious. Based on the costs of the Israeli security barrier (which is mostly fence) and the cost of the relatively simple fence already along the U.S.-Mexico border, an $8 billion price tag is simply not credible.
Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio
Upcoming debates
Feb 13: GOP debate

on CBS News, in South Carolina

Feb. 25: GOP debate

on CNN, in Houston, Texas

March 3: GOP debate

on Fox News, in Detroit, Mich.

Campaign 2016
Where the race stands
Most Read

politics

federal-eye

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.