Insurance Commissioner News

Kansas Bill Would Change Method for Filling Insurance Commissioner Post

A House committee has passed a bill that would end a governor’s authority to fill the offices of state treasurer and insurance commissioner if those posts become vacant in the middle of a term. The legislation provides that a convention …

Ex-Senate Candidate to Run for North Carolina Insurance Commissioner

Unsuccessful 2014 U.S. Senate candidate Heather Grant says she’ll run for North Carolina insurance commissioner in 2016. Grant of Wilkes County announced Friday she will seek the Republican Party’s nomination for the job. Current Democratic incumbent Wayne Goodwin has served …

Incoming Kansas Insurance Regulator Wants More Competition in State

The accountant and industry executive taking over as Kansas’ top insurance regulator next month says creating a more robust market is a top goal and argues that greater competition will address problems with the federal health care overhaul. Insurance Commissioner-elect …

Insurance Pros in Politics: Garamendi Says Economy Needs Insurance

When it comes to mixing insurance and politics Congressman John Garamendi, D-California, can be considered an authority on the topic. While Garamendi never served professionally in the insurance industry, after the rancher-turned-politician became California’s first elected insurance commissioner in the …

Insurance Pros in Politics: Agent Ted Gaines Eyes California Commissioner Seat

From agent to politician, state Sen. Ted Gaines wants back in the insurance business – this time as the state’s top regulator of the industry. Gaines, R-Roseville, recently announced he’s running for California’s insurance commissioner post, likely pitting him again …

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Out of Step with Today’s GOP

Sandy Praeger was always the team player and never the black sheep. As mayor of Lawrence, state representative, state senator and now Kansas’ three-term insurance commissioner, Praeger was mainstream Republican all the way and a close ally of former Gov. …

Kansas City-Area Insurance Exec Seeks GOP Nod for Commissioner Post

A certified public accountant from Leawood who’s also an insurance industry executive has launched a campaign for the Republican nomination for Kansas insurance commissioner. Ken Selzer announced that he’s running for the regulatory position, and he’ll face at least two …

Oklahoma Senate OKs Executive Appointee Plan

The Oklahoma Senate has advanced a proposal that would allow voters to make the offices of state superintendent, insurance commissioner and labor commissioner gubernatorial appointments. In a statement released by the Senate, Sen. Greg Treat, author of Senate Bill 598, …

Oklahoma Bill on Appointees Includes Insurance Commissioner Post

Oklahoma voters will decide whether to increase the governor’s appointment powers under a bill that sailed through a Senate committee, despite concern about consolidating too much power in the executive branch. The Senate General Government Committee voted 6-1 for the …

Kansas Securities Commissioner Resigns; Eyes Insurance Regulator Post

The Kansas securities commissioner has resigned and announced plans to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Aaron Jack is seeking the 2014 Republican nomination for state insurance commissioner. He previously served in the Kansas Legislature from 2009 to 2011. Jack’s …