Kansas Commissioner of Insurance

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Kansas Commissioner of Insurance
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $25,255,729
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Chapter 4, Article 1 of the Kansas Code
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Ken Selzer.jpg
Name:  Ken Selzer
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  2015
Compensation:  $86,004
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Kansas Insurance Commissioner is an elected state executive position in the Kansas state government. The commissioner serves as the head of the Kansas Department of Insurance, which regulates and reviews companies for financial solvency and regulatory compliance, educates consumers and helps license agents selling insurance products in the state.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Ken Selzer, a Republican, first elected in 2014. Selzer was sworn in for a four-year term as state insurance commissioner on January 12, 2015, succeeding Sandy Praeger (R), who retired in 2014 after three terms.[2][3]


The Kansas Commissioner of Insurance's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Chapter 4, Article 1 of the Kansas Code.

Article 1, Section 2:

There is hereby established a department to be known as the insurance department, which shall have a chief officer entitled the commissioner of insurance...[4]


The commissioner's qualifications are established by statute.

According to Chapter 40, Article 1, Section 9, the commissioner of insurance must be:[5]

  • An elector of the state of Kansas
  • Experienced in the field of insurance
  • Unaffiliated in any personal and/or professional capacity with insurance companies have "any financial interest in any insurance company other than as a policyholder"


Kansas state government organizational chart

As with Kansas' other executive officers, the insurance commissioner is elected to serve for a term of four years of length, which runs concurrently with the term of the governor. The election is held in November and the statewide official takes office the following January.[6]


See also: Kansas down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Insurance Commissioner of Kansas, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKen Selzer 61.5% 512,679
     Democratic Dennis Anderson 38.5% 320,862
Total Votes 833,541
Election Results via Kansas Secretary of State.


Under Chapter 40, Article 1, Section 6 of the Kansas Statutes: "In case of a vacancy in such office the governor shall appoint some suitable person to serve for the unexpired term and until a successor is elected and qualified."[7]


The commissioner's duties are introduced in Chapter 40, Article 1, Section 2 of the Kansas Statutes. Within this section, the officer entitled commissioner of insurance "is charged with the administration of all laws relating to insurance, insurance companies and fraternal benefit societies doing business in this state, and all other duties which are or may be imposed upon such officer by law." Section 3 of the Article 1 elaborates on the commissioner's duties, giving the commissioner "general supervision, control and regulation of corporations, companies, associations, societies, exchanges, partnerships, or persons authorized to transact the business of insurance, indemnity or suretyship in this state and shall have the power to make all reasonable rules and regulations necessary to enforce the laws of this state relating thereto."


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State budget

See also: Kansas state budget and finances

The Insurance Department's budget for fiscal year 2012 was $25,255,729.[8]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the commissioner received a salary of $86,004, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $86,003. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2011, Commissioner of Insurance received compensation in the amount of $86,003.[11]

Historical officeholders

There have been 18 Kansas State Superintendents of Insurance and 8 Kansas State Commissioners of Insurance since 1871. The office switched to commissioner in 1927. Of the 26 officeholders, 23 were Republican, 2 were Democrat and 1 was Populist.[12]

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Contact information

Kansas Insurance Department
420 SW 9th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1678

Email: commissioner@ksinsurance.org
Phone: 785-296-3071
Toll-free: 800-432-2484 (in Kansas only)
Fax: 785-296-7805

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