WASHINGTON — After the death of former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Michael Oxley on Jan. 1, the media largely focused on his most famous accomplishment: the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Yet while the post-Enron corporate fraud law that bears his name is important, it barely scratches the surface of the Ohio Republican's legacy relative to the banking industry. In his six short years as the banking panel's chairman from 2001 to 2007, Oxley ushered in several key laws that have helped to reshape the financial sphere.

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