Karen Weldin Stewart

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Karen Weldin Stewart
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Delaware Insurance Commissioner
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 6
PredecessorMatt Denn (D)
Base salary$108,532
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$444,304
Term limitsN/A
AssociatesBrandywine College
ProfessionFounder/Consultant, Weldin Group
Office website
Campaign website
Karen Weldin Stewart is the Delaware Insurance Commissioner. Stewart, a Democrat, was first elected to a four-year term in 2008.[1] She won re-election to a second term in 2012.


Stewart first worked at the state Insurance Department as a Deputy Receiver from 1989 to 1993. She co-founded the International Association of Insurance Receivers in 1991 and founded the Weldin Group, an insurance and reinsurance consulting company, in 1993.[2]


  • AS, Brandywine College

Political career

Insurance Commissioner (2009 - Present)

Stewart was first elected as state Insurance Commissioner in 2008 and took office in January 2009.[1] She was re-elected in 2012.



See also: Delaware down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Stewart ran for re-election as Delaware Insurance Commissioner in 2012. She defeated Dennis Spivack, Mitch Crane and Paul Gallagher in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012.[3] Benjamin Mobley was unopposed in the Republican primary and David R. Eisenhour was unopposed in the Libertarian primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[4]

On October 24, 2012 Libertarian candidate David R. Eisenhour suspended his campaign, announcing instead that he would run for clerk of the peace in Sussex County.[5] Eisenhour urged his supporters to vote for his Republican challenger Benjamin Mobley, stating that when he announced his intention to run, only Democratic candidates had announced their candidacy and he decided to run in an effort to give voters another choice.[5]

Stewart defeated challengers Benjamin Mobley and David R. Eisenhour in the general election.[6]

Delaware Insurance Commissioner General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Weldin Stewart Incumbent 61.1% 233,354
     Republican Benjamin Mobley 36.8% 140,669
     Libertarian David R. Eisenhour 2.1% 7,838
Total Votes 381,861
Election Results via Delaware State Board of Elections.


Stewart won election on November 4, 2008, defeating Republican John F. Brady and Independent Tom Savage.[7]

Delaware Commissioner of Insurance, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Weldin Stewart 56.9% 217,072
     Republican John F. Brady 41% 156,439
     Independent Tom Savage 1.5% 5,632
     Working Families Karen Weldin Stewart 0.5% 2,025
Total Votes 381,168

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Stewart is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Stewart raised a total of $444,304 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[8]

Karen Weldin Stewart's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware Insurance Commissioner Won $159,254
2010 Delaware Insurance Commissioner Not up for election $34,005
2008 Delaware Insurance Commissioner Won $140,359
2004 Delaware Insurance Commissioner Defeated $110,686
Grand Total Raised $444,304


Stewart won re-election to the position of Delaware Insurance Commissioner in 2012. During that election cycle, Stewart raised a total of $159,254.

2004 and 2008

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Preceded by
Matt Denn (D)
Delaware Commissioner of Insurance
Succeeded by