Pennsylvania Commissioner Ario Steps Down

August 10, 2010

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario has stepped down as the state’s top insurance regulator to take a position with the federal government as director of federal Office of Insurance Exchanges.

Robert L. Pratter has been named acting insurance commissioner. He has served as the executive deputy general counsel for litigation with the state’s Office of General Counsel since 2008. A former partner at Duane Morris, Pratter’s legal career has specialized in regulatory, corporate and judicial proceedings affecting the insurance industry.

Prior to entering the public sector, Pratter had been senior vice president and general counsel for PMA Capital Corp.

Ario became the state’s commissioner in 2007, after serving as the chief insurance regulator for Oregon.

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Source: Pennsylvania Governor’s Office

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