Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
|Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$21,191,813|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Georgia Code, 33-2-1|
|Assumed office:||January 10, 2011|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other Georgia Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Auditor•Superintendent of Schools•Agriculture Commissioner•Insurance Commissioner•Natural Resources Commissioner•Labor Commissioner•Public Service Commission|
The current commissioner is Ralph Hudgens. Hudgens is a Republican who was first elected on November 2, 2010, and took office on January 10, 2011. Hudgens was re-elected to a second four-year term on November 4, 2014.
Before becoming commissioner, Hudgens was a member of the Georgia State Senate from 2003 to 2011. Prior to his Senate election, he was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1997 to 2002. Hudgens has two decades of experience working in the private sector, including as the founder of Quality Propane, Inc., which he sold in 1987.
Georgia Code, 33-2-1
There is created the Insurance Department of the State of Georgia. The chief officer of such department shall be the Commissioner of Insurance.
- Have been a citizen of the U.S. for 10 years
- A legal resident of Georgia for four years
- 25 years old
(a) No person shall be eligible to the office of the Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, or Commissioner of Labor unless such person shall have been a citizen of the United States for ten years and a legal resident of the state for four years immediately preceding election or appointment and shall have attained the age of 25 years by the date of assuming office. All of said officers shall take such oath and give bond and security, as prescribed by law, for the faithful discharge of their duties.
The commissioner is elected "at the same time and hold[s] [his] office for the same term as the Governor."
The Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, and Commissioner of Labor shall be elected in the manner prescribed for the election of members of the General Assembly and the electors shall be the same. Such executive officers shall be elected at the same time and hold their offices for the same term as the Governor.
|Insurance Commissioner of Georgia, 2014|
|Republican||Ralph Hudgens Incumbent||54.9%||1,382,551|
|Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State.|
There are no term limits for the office of insurance commissioner.
If a vacancy occurs, the governor fills it, subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the Georgia Senate. Vacancy procedures are laid out in Article V, Section 2, Paragraph VIII of the Georgia Constitution.
The commissioner is administrative head of the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, which both regulates the state's insurance industry and oversees state fire safety initiatives.
- Administrative Procedures
- Agents Licensing
- Computer Services
- Consumer Services
- Life and Health
- Industrial Loan
- Premium Tax
- Property and Casualty
- Public Education
- Media Relations
- Regulatory Services
- Safety Fire Division
- Safety Fire Engineering and Inspections
- Safety Fire Hazardous Materials
- Safety Fire Health and Human Service
- Safety Fire Manufactured Housing
- See also: Georgia state budget and finances
The budget for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance in Fiscal Year 2013 was $21,191,813.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of elected executive officials in Georgia are determined by state law as mandated in the Georgia Constitution. Article V of the state constitution indicates that the Georgia State Legislature determines salaries for governor, lieutenant governor and "other elected executives."
| Text of Paragraph III:
Powers, Duties, Compensation, and Allowances of Other Executive Officers
Except as otherwise provided in this Constitution, the General Assembly shall prescribe the powers, duties, compensation, and allowances of the above executive officers and provide assistance and expenses necessary for the operation of the department of each.
In 2010, the commissioner received a salary of $120,394.
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Two Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
West Tower, Suite 704
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 656-2070
Fax: (404) 657-8542
- Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, "Homepage," accessed December 18, 2013
- Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, " Ralph T. Hudgens," accessed August 20, 2013
- Georgia Code, "33-2-1," accessed September 15, 2011
- Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, "Contact Us," accessed September 15, 2011
- Budget in Briefs, “Budget in Brief: Amended Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2013,” 180," accessed June17, 2013
- Justia, "Georgia Constitution Art. V," accessed February 23, 2015
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014