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Jay Bradford
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Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance
In office
January 15, 2009 - Present
Years in position 6
Base salary$129,526
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 31, 2008
Appointed byGovernor Mike Beebe
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arkansas State Senate
2000 – 2007
Arkansas House of Representatives
1983 – 1999
High schoolSubiaco Academy
Bachelor'sHenderson State College (1963)
Date of birthApril 30, 1940
Place of birthLittle Rock, Arkansas
Office website
Jay Bradford (b. April 30, 1940) is the Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance.[1] He was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe on January 15, 2009. As the commissioner serves at the pleasure of the governor, Bradford is not subject to periodic reappointment.


Bradford is a Certified Insurance Counselor (C.I.C.).[2] He has served as co-chair of the Arkansas Child Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Commission.[3]


  • Subiaco Academy
  • Henderson State College, Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology, 1963
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Honorary Doctor of Science[2]

Political career

Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance (2009-Present)

Bradford was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe on January 15, 2009. As the commissioner serves at the pleasure of the governor, Bradford is not subject to periodic reappointment.

Department of Human Services (2007-2009)

Before becoming commissioner, Bradford served for two years as Director of the Behavioral Health Services division in the Arkansas Department of Human Services.[3]

Arkansas State Senate (2000-2007)

From 2000 to 2007, Bradford held a seat in the Arkansas State Senate and served as president pro tempore of the state senate.[3]

Arkansas House of Representatives (1983-1999)

He also served for 24 years in both state legislative houses; from 1983 to 1999 he was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives and he served variously as speaker pro tempore of the House.[3]



Bradford was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe on December 31, 2008, with it taking effect January 15, 2009.[4]


Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard

The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012 and 2013. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[5] Bradford received a score of 55% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 66th out of 97 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


He and his wife, Anne, have one child.[3]

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