Jim Ridling

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Jim Ridling
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Alabama Commissioner of Insurance
In office
September 15, 2008 - Present
Years in position 6
Base salary$91,014
Elections and appointments
AppointedSeptember 15, 2008
Appointed byGovernor Bob Riley
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of the Ozarks
Place of birthArkansas
ProfessionManager, Insurance
Office website
Jim Ridling is the Alabama Commissioner of Insurance. Ridling was appointed to the position on September 15, 2008 by Republican Gov. Bob Riley.[1]


Ridling was born in Arkansas, but has spent most of his life between California and Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from the University of the Ozarks and began a nearly 20 year career in the insurance management business based in California. He later returned to "his native south," where he has remained ever since.[2]

Before becoming insurance commissioner, Ridling was President and CEO of Southern Guaranty Insurance Co. Before that, he was Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations at Fireman's Fund Insurance.[2]


  • University of the Ozarks

Political career

Alabama Insurance Commissioner (2008-present)

Ridling took office as commissioner on September 15, 2008[3] and reappointed on January 17, 2011. As the commissioner of insurance serves his term concurrent with the governor that appointed him, Ridling will next come up for reappointment on January 19, 2015, when the next gubernatorial term begins.[4]



Ridling was re-appointed as Alabama Insurance Commissioner in 2011 by Gov. Robert Bentley.


Ridling was first appointed to the position of insurance commissioner in 2008 by former governor Bob Riley.


Ridling has a wife, Cathy, and two daughters, Erin and the late Hannah Ridling,

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