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{{Alaska SEO infobox}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Alaska Director of Insurance''' is a state executive position in the Alaska state government. He or she oversees the Division of Insurance, a subdivision of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The Division of Insurance is responsible for establishing and enforcing regulations of the insurance industry in Alaska.
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|State = Alaska
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|Office= Director of Insurance
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|Office type = Nonpartisan
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|Image =Seal of Alaska.jpg
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|Office website = http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/insurance/
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|Budget = 7,541,300
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|Budget year = 2014
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|Term limits = None
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|Length of term = Serves at pleasure of the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development
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|Authority =Alaska Statutes, Title 21, Chapter 6, Section 10
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|Selected =Appointed by commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development
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|Current officeholder =Lori Wing-Heier
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|Partisan =Nonpartisan
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|Officeholder image = Lori Wing-Heier.jpg
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|Assumed office =  2014
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|Compensation = 61,176
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|Next election =
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|Last election=
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|Other offices =  [[Governor of Alaska|Governor]]•[[Lieutenant Governor of Alaska|Lieutenant Governor]]•[[Attorney General of Alaska|Attorney General]]•[[Alaska Comptroller|Comptroller]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of Education|Education Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of the Department of Revenue|Revenue Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Director of Agriculture|Agriculture Director]]•[[Alaska Director of Insurance|Insurance Director]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development|Labor Commissioner]]•[[Alaska Regulatory Commission|Regulatory Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Alaska Director of Insurance''' is a state executive position in the Alaska state government. He or she oversees the Division of Insurance, a subdivision of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The Division of Insurance is responsible for establishing and enforcing regulations of the insurance industry in Alaska.
  
 
==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current director of insurance is [[Linda Hall]]. She was first appointed on March 3, 2003. As the director serves at the pleasure of the commissioner of commerce, Hall is not subject to reappointment.
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The current director of insurance is [[Lori Wing-Heier]]. Wing-Heier was appointed on February 25, 2014.<ref name=LWH>[http://commerce.alaska.gov/pub/PR-14-006-Wing-Heier-Named-Insurance-Director.pdf ''State of Alaska Department of Commerce'', "Lori Wing-Heier Appointed State Insurance Director," February 27, 2014]</ref>
 
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Before assuming office, Hall was a commercial insurance broker. She served as chair of the Alaska Workers Compensation Review and Advisory committee, and as president of the Alaska Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers. She also represented Alaska on the Board of Directors of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America from 1997 to 2003.<ref>[http://www.dced.state.ak.us/insurance/Insurance/lindabio.html ''Alaska Division of Insurance'', "Linda's Bio," accessed June 3, 2011.]</ref>
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Prior to entering the insurance industry, Hall was a high school English teacher. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan.
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The previous director of insurance was [[Bret S. Kolb]]. Kolb resigned to take a position with a church ministry.<ref name="appoint"> [http://commerce.alaska.gov/pub/PR-NewInsuranceDirectorKolbAppointed.pdf ''Alaska Department of Commerce,'' "Bret Kolb Named the State's New Director of Insurance,"  May 30, 2012] </ref><ref>[http://www.adn.com/2013/11/20/3188114/alaska-insurance-division-director.html ''Anchorage Daily News'', "Alaska Insurance Division director quits position for job with ministry," November 20, 2013]</ref>
 
==Authority==
 
==Authority==
The authority of the director of insurance derives from statute, which states that the director of the Division of Insurance is appointed by the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.<ref name="Director">[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title21/Chapter06/Section010.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 21.06.010," accessed June 3, 2010.]</ref>
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The authority of the director of insurance derives from statute, which states that the director of the Division of Insurance is appointed by the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.<ref name="Director">[http://www.touchngo.com/lglcntr/akstats/Statutes/Title21/Chapter06/Section010.htm ''Alaska Legal Resource Center'', "Alaska Statutes 21.06.010," accessed June 3, 2010]</ref>
  
 
'''Alaska Statutes, Title 21, Chapter 6, Section 10'''
 
'''Alaska Statutes, Title 21, Chapter 6, Section 10'''
  
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State law does not require any particular qualifications of the director of insurance.
 
State law does not require any particular qualifications of the director of insurance.
  
==Appointment==
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==Appointments==
 
The director is appointed by the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.<ref name="Director"/>
 
The director is appointed by the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.<ref name="Director"/>
  
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The mission of the Division of Insurance is to "assure competitive, viable, ethical, and lawful insurance is available to all Alaskans." The division licenses insurance providers, adjusters and brokers and examines their records to ensure compliance. It also produces educational materials for consumers and annual reports on insurance companies operating in the state. The director and his office are empowered to establish regulations, such as limitation of risk, to ensure the financial health of insurance companies and supervise their business practices. Some of the regulations the Division of Insurance enforces are established by the legislature itself, which are outlined in Title 21 of the Alaska Statutes.  
 
The mission of the Division of Insurance is to "assure competitive, viable, ethical, and lawful insurance is available to all Alaskans." The division licenses insurance providers, adjusters and brokers and examines their records to ensure compliance. It also produces educational materials for consumers and annual reports on insurance companies operating in the state. The director and his office are empowered to establish regulations, such as limitation of risk, to ensure the financial health of insurance companies and supervise their business practices. Some of the regulations the Division of Insurance enforces are established by the legislature itself, which are outlined in Title 21 of the Alaska Statutes.  
  
Additionally, the director plays an important role in the Alaska government's reaction to natural disasters by determining whether a catastrophe has occurred for insurance purposes. He or she make also take extraordinary measures to license insurance adjusters, etc., to ensure companies speedily address and pay out claims following a disaster.
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Additionally, the director plays an important role in the Alaska government's reaction to natural disasters by determining whether a catastrophe has occurred for insurance purposes. He or she may also take extraordinary measures to license insurance adjusters, etc., to ensure companies speedily address and pay out claims following a disaster.
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==Divisions==
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[[File:AK Insurance Division org chart.PNG|300px|thumb|right|Click [http://web1.ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/File:AK_Insurance_Division_org_chart.PNG here] to view larger-scale image of the Alaska Division of Insurance's organizational chart as of February 21, 2013.]]
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The Director of Insurance heads the Insurance Division within the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. The Division subdivides into these sections:
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* Administrative
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* Investigation
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* Consumer Services
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* Licensing
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* Actuarial, Filings Review and Market Regulation
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* Financial<ref>[http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/ins/Insurance/programs/Consumers/pubs/annual%20reports/74th/74thAnnualReport.pdf ''State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community,and Economic Development--Division of Insurance,'' "Annual Report 2012," accessed August 14, 2013]</ref>
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Division of Insurance in Fiscal Year 2014 is $7,541,300.<ref>[http://omb.alaska.gov/ombfiles/14_budget/DCCED/Proposed/comp354.pdf ''Alaska Office of Management and Budget,'' "FY 2014 Operating Budget,"  May 28, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
In 2010, the commissioner of education received compensation in the amount of $135,000.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'', "Book of the States 2010, Table 4.11," accessed May 20, 2011.]</ref>
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::''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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In 2013, the Alaska Director of Insurance was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$61,176]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
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==Contact info==
 
==Contact info==
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'''Address:'''<br>
 
'''Address:'''<br>
 
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor<br>
 
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor<br>
Juneau, Alaska 99811<br>
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Juneau, AK 99811<br>
 
'''Phone:''' (907) 465-2515<br>
 
'''Phone:''' (907) 465-2515<br>
'''Fax:''' (907) 465-3422  
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'''Fax:''' (907) 465-3422
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Insurance Commissioner]]
 
*[[Insurance Commissioner]]
*[[Linda Hall]]
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*[[Lori Wing-Heier]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==

Latest revision as of 10:42, 8 May 2014

Alaska Director of Insurance
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $7,541,300
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at pleasure of the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development
Authority:  Alaska Statutes, Title 21, Chapter 6, Section 10
Selection Method:  Appointed by commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development
Current Officeholder

Lori Wing-Heier.jpg
Name:  Lori Wing-Heier
Officeholder Party:  Nonpartisan
Assumed office:  2014
Compensation:  $61,176
Other Alaska Executive Offices
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The Alaska Director of Insurance is a state executive position in the Alaska state government. He or she oversees the Division of Insurance, a subdivision of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The Division of Insurance is responsible for establishing and enforcing regulations of the insurance industry in Alaska.

Current officeholder

The current director of insurance is Lori Wing-Heier. Wing-Heier was appointed on February 25, 2014.[1]

The previous director of insurance was Bret S. Kolb. Kolb resigned to take a position with a church ministry.[2][3]

Authority

The authority of the director of insurance derives from statute, which states that the director of the Division of Insurance is appointed by the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.[4]

Alaska Statutes, Title 21, Chapter 6, Section 10

The commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development shall appoint the director, division of insurance, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The director serves at the pleasure of the commissioner.

Qualifications

State law does not require any particular qualifications of the director of insurance.

Appointments

The director is appointed by the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development.[4]

Term limits

There are no term limits specified for the director of insurance.

Vacancies

Alaska law does not prescribe any particular procedure for dealing with vacancies. It is the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development's responsibility to appoint a new director.

Duties

The mission of the Division of Insurance is to "assure competitive, viable, ethical, and lawful insurance is available to all Alaskans." The division licenses insurance providers, adjusters and brokers and examines their records to ensure compliance. It also produces educational materials for consumers and annual reports on insurance companies operating in the state. The director and his office are empowered to establish regulations, such as limitation of risk, to ensure the financial health of insurance companies and supervise their business practices. Some of the regulations the Division of Insurance enforces are established by the legislature itself, which are outlined in Title 21 of the Alaska Statutes.

Additionally, the director plays an important role in the Alaska government's reaction to natural disasters by determining whether a catastrophe has occurred for insurance purposes. He or she may also take extraordinary measures to license insurance adjusters, etc., to ensure companies speedily address and pay out claims following a disaster.

Divisions

Click here to view larger-scale image of the Alaska Division of Insurance's organizational chart as of February 21, 2013.

The Director of Insurance heads the Insurance Division within the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. The Division subdivides into these sections:

  • Administrative
  • Investigation
  • Consumer Services
  • Licensing
  • Actuarial, Filings Review and Market Regulation
  • Financial[5]

State budget

The budget for the Division of Insurance in Fiscal Year 2014 is $7,541,300.[6]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2013, the Alaska Director of Insurance was paid an estimated $61,176. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches state official websites for chronological lists of historical officeholders. That information for the Alaska Director of Insurance has not yet been added because the information was unavailable on the relevant state official websites, or we are currently in the process of formatting the list for this office. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Recent news

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Contact info

Alaska

Address:
333 Willoughby Avenue, 9th Floor
Juneau, AK 99811
Phone: (907) 465-2515
Fax: (907) 465-3422

See also

External links

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