Wis. Insurance Commissioner Resigns

Jorge Gomez, the Wisconsin state insurance commissioner since 2003, will be leaving the position next month to return to the private sector, Gov. Jim Doyle announced Monday.

Doyle said a successor would be named soon.

Doyle credited Gomez with helping push forward initiatives to protect consumers and keep the state’s insurance market competitive. He said Gomez’s work has helped Wisconsin offer some of the lowest homeowner and auto insurance rates in the country.

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance supervises the insurance industry in Wisconsin, including ensuring the financial soundness of insurers doing business in the state and securing fair treatment of policyholders, claimants and insurers.

Before joining the Doyle administration in 2003, Gomez was vice president and general counsel of United Government Services in Milwaukee, a subsidiary of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wisconsin.

Gomez is also a former litigation partner at Michael, Best and Friedrich law firm in Milwaukee and a former assistant district attorney.

Gomez was to remain on the job until mid-December, but an exact date of his departure was not given by Doyle.