Ohio Director of Insurance

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Ohio Director of insurance
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $35,673,340
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Chapter 3901 of the Ohio Revised Code
Selection Method:  Lt. Gov. serves as Director of Insurance
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Mary Taylor
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $150,400
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Ohio Director of Insurance is an executive position in the Ohio state government, held by the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. The director is the chief officer of the department of insurance, responsible for ensuring the laws and regulations related to insurance are enforced across the state.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Mary Taylor. She was elected lieutenant governor in 2010, and serves as Director of Insurance in her capacity as lieutenant governor.[1]


Chapter 3901 of the Ohio Revised Code establishes the position of director of insurance:

The superintendent of insurance shall be the chief executive officer and director of the department of insurance and shall have all the powers and perform all the duties vested in and imposed upon the department of insurance. The superintendent of insurance shall see that the laws relating to insurance are executed and enforced. When a violation of a law relating to insurance is reported to him, he shall take the testimony under oath of all persons supposed to have knowledge of such violations, and cause such testimony to be reduced to writing. If the superintendent decides that there is sufficient evidence, he shall cause the person suspected of such violation to be arrested and charged with such offense, and he shall furnish the proper prosecuting attorney with all the information obtained by such superintendent, the names of witnesses, and a copy of all material testimony taken in the case.


While there are no specific qualifications to hold this office, the qualifications for Secretary of State of Ohio are outlined in Article VX, Section 4 of the state Constitution:

No person shall be elected or appointed to any office in this state unless possessed of the qualifications of an elector.

  • resident of Ohio
  • a qualified elector
  • at least 18 years old


In Ohio, the lieutenant governor also serves as the state director of insurance. According to Article III, Section 1 of the state Constitution, the lieutenant governor in Ohio is elected every four years, in mid-term election years. For the secretary of state in Ohio, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are election years.

Term limits

The lieutenant governor is limited to two successive terms of four years. An individual may seek another term in office after a period of four or more years has elapsed.


Article III, Section 18 of the state Constitution addresses vacancies in state offices. In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a successor to serve until the next general election in an even numbered year that occurs more than forty days after the seat becomes vacant.


The office of insurance works to protect both consumers and businesses. The director is responsible for managing the department, ensuring the state's insurance-related laws are executed and enforced. The specific duties of the director are outlined in Chapter 3901, Section 04 of the Ohio State Code:

  • investigate violations of insurance law
  • initiate criminal proceedings when appropriate
  • investigate claims of insurance fraud


State budget

The budget for the Department of Insurance in Fiscal Year 2013 was $35,673,340.[2]



In 2013, the Ohio Director of Insurance was paid $150,400.[3]


In 2010, the Ohio Director of Insurance was paid an estimated $128,564 according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Ohio Department of Insurance
50 W. Town Street
Third Floor - Suite 300
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-644-2658

Consumer Hotline: 1-800-686-1526
Fraud Hotline: 1-800-686-1527
OSHIIP Hotline: 1-800-686-1528
TTY Number: 614-644-3745

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