Ann Womer Benjamin of Aurora became the 45th Director, and the first woman, to lead the Ohio Insurance Department when she took the oath of office from State Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Moyer on Friday. She assumed her official duties yesterday.
“This is an exciting opportunity to continue my commitment to public service and to serve Ohio’s consumers,” Womer Benjamin stated. “The Department will continue its mission to offer consumer protection through financial oversight, insurance market regulation and consumer education. I am looking forward to using my past experiences as a legislator, an attorney and a consumer to further that mission.”
Governor Bob Taft announced her appointment on December 16, following the resignation of former Director Lee Covington.
“Womer Benjamin formerly represented Portage County as Ohio’s 75th House District state representative for eight years until she was term limited. During her legislative career, Womer Benjamin was Chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee for four years and enacted twenty of her own laws. She is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Vanderbilt University, and brings 24 years of experience as an attorney most recently with Arter & Hadden in Cleveland,” said the official bulletin.