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Ann Gillespie named Acting Illinois Director of Insurance eff. 4/15/2024

Illinois State Sen. Ann Gillespie has resign her state senate seat to take over as acting director of the Illinois Department of Insurance starting April 15, replacing Dana Popish Severinghaus.  Gillespie has served in the General Assembly since 2019, representing a portion of Chicago’ northwest suburbs. She served on the Senate Insurance Committee and last […]

D.J. Bettencourt Nominated New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner

D.J. Bettencourt has been nominated as the New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner.  He has served as Deputy Insurance Commissioner since January 2021.  He was previously a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 2004 to 2012 (majority leader from 2010 to 2012). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Political Science and Philosophy from […]

Michael Wise Nominated as Director of South Carolina Department of Insurance (4/26/2023)

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has nominated Michael Wise as director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance, subject to confirmation by the state Senate. Wise has served as acting director of the department since April 2022. McMaster praised Wise’s leadership in the department’s handling of Hurricane Ian claims, insurance fraud, and consumer outreach.  The […]

Florida Windshield Bill Banning Assignment of Benefits Moves Closer to Law

We can remain hopeful that the Florida Legislature will soon reign in one of the worst abuses in the private passenger auto insurance market in Florida, which stems from the longstanding law banning restrictions on Assignment Of Benefits (AOB).  Windshield glass claims are frequently brought as lawsuits at a time before insurers are given the […]

Florida Tort Reform 2023

Florida Governor DeSantis signed House Bill 837 into law, referred to by some as the “legal system abuse reform legislation,” bringing about long awaited relief to the insurance industry from predatory litigation that has fueled rising insurance prices.  The new law, made effective immediately: (1) Reduces from four years to two years a statute of […]

Deja Vu in Nevada: Scott Kipper is back again as Insurance Commissioner

Scott Kipper has once again been appointed as Insurance Commissioner at the Nevada Division of Insurance effective Feb. 27, 2023.  The appointment was made following the resignation early January of Barbara Richardson, who had served as Commissioner since March 2016.     DOI Deputy Commissioner Nick Stosic has served as the Interim Commissioner since the […]

Mike Yaworsky named to be the next Commissioner of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation

Michael Yaworsky is taking over as commissioner of Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation after being appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as interim insurance commissioner, replacing Commissioner David Altmaier who stepped down in December. Yaworsky, was Altmaier’s chief of staff from 2017 to December 2021, at which time he became the vice chair of the […]

AZ Director Evan Daniels resigns; Shane Foster Named Acting Director

Shane Foster has been named the Acting Director of the AZ Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions, following the resignation of Director Evan Daniels.   Director Daniels is joining the law firm of Mitchell Sandler.    Acting Director Shane Foster joined the Arizona Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (“DIFI”) in November 2020.  Before joining DIFI, […]

MARK FOWLER APPOINTED ALABAMA COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE

Mark Fowler, who has been serving a as Alabama’s Acting Insurance Commissioner since the retirement of Commissioner Jim Ridling in July of 2022, has been appointed as Insurance Commissioner by Governor Ivey.  Fowler was Chief of Staff of the Department of Insurance prior to being appointed Acting Insurance Commissioner.  Fowler joined the department in 2013, […]

Nick Stosic named as Nevada’s Interim Insurance Commissioner

Nick Stosic has been named as Interim Commissioner at the Nevada Division of Insurance, replacing Barbara Richardson, who has been Nevada’s Insurance Commissioner since March 2016. Stosic most recently served as Nevada’s Deputy Insurance Commissioner responsible for oversight of the Product Compliance, Market Regulation, and Captives sections, while also acting as the liaison with Nevada’s […]