California Commissioner of Insurance
|California Commissioner of Insurance|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$225,276,000|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||California Insurance Code, Division 3, Chapter 1, Section 12906|
|Assumed office:||January 3, 2011|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other California Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Controller • Superintendent of Public Instruction • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Secretary • Industrial Relations Director • Public Utilities Commission|
The office of commissioner of insurance is established by California statute.
California Insurance Code, Section 12906
12906. The governmental agency unit heretofore known as the Department of Insurance in the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency is hereby made an independent department. The Department of Insurance is under the control of the Insurance Commissioner.
State law requires the commissioner to be "a person competent and fully qualified to perform the duties of the office" without specifically addressing what that means. Additionally, the commissioner may not have any personal financial interest in the California insurance industry. The commissioner must also fulfill the usual requirements for officers in California's civil service; he or she must be a resident of the state, at least 18 years of age, not a convicted felon, and not a member of the Communist Party or any other organization that advocates the overthrow of the U.S. government.
California Insurance Code, Section 12901
The commissioner shall be a person competent and fully qualified to perform the duties of the office. Neither the commissioner nor any deputy or employee shall during his or their tenure of office be an officer, agent or employee of an insurer or directly or indirectly interested in any insurer or licensee under this code, except (a) as a policyholder, or, (b) by virtue of relationship by blood or marriage to any person interested in any insurer or licensee.
|Insurance Commissioner of California, 2014|
|Democratic||Dave Jones Incumbent||57.5%||4,038,165|
|Election Results via California Secretary of State.|
Like all elected California executive officials, the insurance commissioner may not serve more than two terms.
The commissioner, as head of the California Department of Insurance, is responsible for regulating the state's insurance industry. The department licenses insurance providers, approves all rate or premium increases, investigates consumer complaints and allegations of fraud, analyzes insurance policy issues, and supervises the financial well-being of insurance companies. The department is also responsible for winding down the operations of bankrupt insurance companies and liquidating their assets. It also publishes a variety of information for consumers, including insurance news, guides and legal info.
- Consumer Services & Market Conduct
- Community Relations Branch
- Rate Regulation
- Office of the Ombudsman
- Policy and Regulations
- Conservation and Liquidation
- See also: California state budget and finances
The budget for the California Department of Insurance in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $225,276,000.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of California's elected executives are determined by the California Citizens Compensation Commission, a seven-member board appointed by the governor to six-year terms. The commission was established after voters passed Proposition 112, an amendment to the California Constitution, in 1990. Commissioners meet prior to June 30 of each year to determine salary recommendations with changes effective the following December. From 2001 to 2013, the commission voted to increase salaries or benefits five times and decreased or made no changes to salaries eight times.
|List of Former
Officeholders from 1991-Present
|3||Clark J. Kelso||2000-2000||-|
|4||Harry W. Low||2000-2003||-|
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Sacramento office address:
300 Capital Mall, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 492-3500
Fax: (916) 445-5280
- The Sacramento Bee, "California's insurance commissioner seeks re-election, more power," December 22, 2013
- California Insurance Code, "Division 3, Chapter 1, Section 12906," accessed June 29, 2011
- California Insurance Code, "Division 3, Chapter 1, Section 12901," accessed June 29, 2011
- California Government Code, "Sections 1020-1042," accessed June 29, 2011
- California Insurance Code, "Division 3, Chapter 1, Section 12900a," accessed June 29, 2011
- California Insurance Code, "Division 3, Chapter 1, Section 12900b," accessed June 29, 2011
- California Department of Insurance, "About Us: Organization," accessed July 7, 2011
- California Department of Finance, "Enacted Budget FY 2012-2013," accessed May 28, 2013
- California Citizens Compensation Commission, "About the Commission," accessed February 19, 2015
- 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
- Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed June 23, 2011
- National Governors Association, "History of California Constitutional Officers," accessed September 9, 2013
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