Jack Lew sworn in as Treasury secretary

WASHINGTON Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:58pm GMT

Jack Lew, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Treasury Department, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3DQTB

Jack Lew, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Treasury Department, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington February 13, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3DQTB

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jack Lew was sworn in as Treasury secretary on Thursday, a White House official said, after winning bipartisan support in the Senate.

Lew, a budget expert and former chief of staff for President Barack Obama, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday with 20 Republicans voting for him. He replaces Timothy Geithner, a former regulator with the New York Federal Reserve who left the Treasury last month.

(Reporting by Anna Yukhananov and Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)