Joseph Murphy

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Joseph G. Murphy
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Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance
In office
February 8, 2010 - Present
Years in position 5
Base salary$131,802
Elections and appointments
AppointedFebruary 8, 2010
Appointed byGov. Deval Patrick
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSuffolk University
Office website

Joseph Murphy is the Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance. He has served in this position since being appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick (D) in 2010.[1]


Murphy was involved in the Massachusetts Division of Insurance prior to his appointment as commissioner. Between 2006 and 2009, he was the First Deputy Commissioner. In this position, he had oversight of operations of the division that include 130 employees and an annual budget of $13 million. He is active in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners(NAIC). He has served as Chair of the Northeast Zone of the NAIC since February 2012.[2]


  • Bachelor's degree, Suffolk University[1]

Political Career

Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance (2010 - present)

Murphy has officially served as Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance since 2010. He served as the acting commissioner following the departure of Nonnie Burns in September 2009 until his permanent appointment in February 2010.[3]


Criticism over insurance rates

Murphy was criticized by some, including Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, with respect to rising insurance rates as well as rising insurance executives' salaries. Coakley's criticism of rising insurance costs came from her role in enforcing consumer protection laws. In 2012, Murphy said that he was working to balance his division's responsibility to both consumers and insurers. He cited many instances where he worked to protect the consumers against unfair rate increases, but also stated that his division has allowed rate increases when they comply with state regulations and are not overly excessive or discriminatory.[4]



Murphy was appointed Massachusetts Commissioner of Insurance by Gov. Deval Patrick on February 8, 2010.[2]

Contact Information

Division of Insurance
1000 Washington Street, Suite 810
Boston MA 02118-6200

Phone: (617) 521-7794
Fax: (617) 753-6830
Consumer Line: (617) 521-7794

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