Jay Bradford

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Jay Bradford
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Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance
Former officeholder
In office
January 15, 2009 - January 2015
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 former Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance.[1] He was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe on January 15, 2009. Bradford served in office until he was replaced by Allen Kerr in January 2015.[2]


Bradford is a Certified Insurance Counselor (C.I.C.).[3] He has served as co-chair of the Arkansas Child Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Commission.[4]


  • Graduate, Subiaco Academy
  • B.A. in economics and psychology, Henderson State College (1963)
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences[3]

Political career

Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance (2009-2015)

Bradford was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe on January 15, 2009. He served until he was replaced by Allen Kerr in January 2015.[2]

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.[4]

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.[4]

Arkansas House of Representatives (1983-1999)

Bradford served as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999 and served at various times as speaker pro tempore of the House.[4]



Bradford was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe on December 31, 2008, with the appointment taking effect on January 15, 2009.[5]


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 percent) to the lowest (0 percent). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[6] Bradford received a score of 55 percent in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 66th out of 97 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Bradford and his wife, Anne, have one child.[4]

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Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance
Succeeded by
Allen Kerr
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Arkansas House of Representatives
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