Alaska Director of Insurance

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Alaska Director of Insurance
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $7,541,300
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at pleasure of the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development
Authority:  Alaska Statutes, Title 21, Chapter 6, Section 10
Selection Method:  Appointed by commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development
Current Officeholder

Lori Wing-Heier.jpg
Name:  Lori Wing-Heier
Officeholder Party:  Nonpartisan
Assumed office:  2014
Compensation:  $104,436
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The Alaska Director of Insurance is a state executive position in the Alaska state government. He or she oversees the Division of Insurance, a subdivision of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The Division of Insurance is responsible for establishing and enforcing regulations of the insurance industry in Alaska.[1][2]

Current officeholder

The current director of insurance is Lori Wing-Heier. Wing-Heier was appointed on February 25, 2014.[3]

The previous director of insurance was Bret S. Kolb. Kolb resigned to take a position with a church ministry.[4][5]


The authority of the director of insurance derives from statute, which states that the director of the Division of Insurance is appointed by the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.[6]

Alaska Statutes, Title 21, Chapter 6, Section 10

The commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development shall appoint the director, division of insurance, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The director serves at the pleasure of the commissioner.


State law does not require any particular qualifications of the director of insurance.


The director is appointed by the commissioner of commerce, community and economic development.[6]

Term limits

There are no term limits specified for the director of insurance.


Alaska law does not prescribe any particular procedure for dealing with vacancies. It is the state Commissioner of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development's responsibility to appoint a new director.


The mission of the Division of Insurance is to "assure competitive, viable, ethical, and lawful insurance is available to all Alaskans." The division licenses insurance providers, adjusters and brokers and examines their records to ensure compliance. It also produces educational materials for consumers and annual reports on insurance companies operating in the state. The director and his office are empowered to establish regulations, such as limitation of risk, to ensure the financial health of insurance companies and supervise their business practices. Some of the regulations the Division of Insurance enforces are established by the legislature itself, which are outlined in Title 21 of the Alaska Statutes.[2]

Additionally, the director plays an important role in the Alaska government's reaction to natural disasters by determining whether a catastrophe has occurred for insurance purposes. He or she may also take extraordinary measures to license insurance adjusters, etc., to ensure companies speedily address and pay out claims following a disaster.[1]


Click here to view larger-scale image of the Alaska Division of Insurance's organizational chart as of February 21, 2013.

The director of insurance heads the insurance division within the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. The division subdivides into these sections:

  • Administrative
  • Investigation
  • Consumer Services
  • Licensing
  • Actuarial, Filings Review and Market Regulation
  • Financial[7]

State budget

See also: Alaska state budget and finances

The budget for the Division of Insurance in Fiscal Year 2014 is $7,541,300.[8]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the director of insurance's salary increased to $104,436, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2013, the director of insurance was paid an estimated $61,176, according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info


333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
Juneau, AK 99811
Phone: (907) 465-2515
Fax: (907) 465-3422

See also

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