Legislature Unanimously Confirms Low’s Nomination as Calif. Ins. Commissioner

On Aug. 24, the full Assembly approved retired Court of Appeal Justice Harry Low’s appointment by Governor Gray Davis to replace former Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush who resigned from office, effective July 10.

The 69-year-old Democrat served as a judge in the San Francisco area for 25 years. He retired from the appellate court in 1992, and has since been working as an arbitrator. Gov. Davis said he picked Low to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Quackenbush because he believes the retired judge will restore credibility to an agency tarnished by scandal–and others agree.

Sam Sorich, vice president and western regional manager for the National Association of Independent Insurers (NAII) is confident that Low “will establish stability and integrity at the Department of Insurance.” According to Sorich, the Senate vote confirming the new California Insurance Commissioner took less than a minute.