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Allen Kerr
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Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance
Incumbent
In office
January 13, 2015 - present
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJay Bradford
Compensation
Base salary129,526
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
AppointedDecember 17, 2014
Appointed byGov. Asa Hutchinson (R)
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives District 32
2009 - 2015
Personal
Date of birthNovember 19, 1956
Place of birthLittle Rock, Arkansas
ProfessionBusiness owner
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Allen Kerr (b. November 19, 1956 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is the current Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance. He was appointed to the office by Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on December 17, 2014, and assumed office on January 13, 2015. As the commissioner serves at the pleasure of the governor, Kerr does not have a specific term or term limits.[1]

Kerr is a former Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 32 from 2009 to 2015. Kerr did not seek re-election in 2014.

Biography

Kerr started Allen Kerr Insurance Company in 1981 and served as owner from 1981 until 2013. The company was purchased by Simmons Bank and turned into Simmons First Insurance, where Kerr served as president prior to his appointment. Kerr's public service includes stints as Pulaski County Justice of the Peace and budget chair for the Pulaski County Quorum Court.[1][2]

Political career

Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance (2015-present)

Kerr has served in the commissioner's office since January 13, 2015. He was first appointed by Gov. Hutchinson to replace Jay Bradford, who served from 2009 to 2015.[1]

Arkansas House of Representatives (2009-2015)

Kerr represented District 32 in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2009 to 2015.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Kerr served on the following committees:

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Retirement and Social Security Programs
Revenue and Taxation
State Agencies and Governmental Affairs
Legislative Joint Auditing
2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kerr served on these committees:

Issues

Kerr's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1119 - "TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF THE ROADS AND HIGHWAYS BY LIMITING WIRELESS TELEPHONE USE BY YOUNG DRIVERS."
  • HB 1895 - "TO PROHIBIT THE IMPOSITION OF AN ACCIDENT RESPONSE SERVICE FEE."
  • HB 2207 - "TO CREATE THE TRUTH IN MUSIC ADVERTISING ACT."

For a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kerr served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Legislative, Military and Veterans Affairs
  • Subcommittee on Waterways and Aeronautics

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kerr ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 32. Kerr ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated Barbara Graves (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAllen Kerr Incumbent 54.7% 8,042
     Democratic Barbara Graves 45.3% 6,652
Total Votes 14,694

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kerr won re-election to the 32nd District seat in 2010. He faced no opposition in the May 18 primary.[6] He then defeated Democrat Carolyn Y. Staley in the November 2 general election.[7]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 32 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Allen Kerr (R) 7,009
Carolyn Y. Staley (D) 4,839

2008

On November 4, 2008, Kerr won election to the 32nd District Seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[8]

Kerr raised $33,053 for his campaign.[9]

Appointments

2014

Kerr was first appointed to the insurance commissioner's office on December 17, 2014.[1][10]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kerr is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Kerr raised a total of $204,031 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 7, 2013.[11]

Allen Kerr's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 32 Won $90,331
2010 Arkansas State House, District 32 Won $80,647
2008 Arkansas State House, District 32 Won $33,053
Grand Total Raised $204,031

2012

Kerr won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kerr raised a total of $90,331.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Allen Kerr's campaign in 2012
Arkansas Healthcare Association$3,000
Arkansas Republican Party$2,500
Stephens Group$2,500
Rice Leadership Pac$2,250
Entergy$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$90,331
Source: Follow the Money

2010

Kerr won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Kerr raised a total of $80,647.

2008

Kerr won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Kerr raised a total of $33,053.

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.
Legislators are scored on the bills specifically supported by Arkansas Learns.

2011

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.

Personal

Kerr and his wife, Marliese, have four children and five grandchildren. They currently reside in Little Rock.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jay Bradford
Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance
2015-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Arkansas House District 32
2009–2015
Succeeded by
Jim Sorvillo (R)