Washington Commissioner of Insurance

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Washington Commissioner of Insurance
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2013 FY Budget:  $51,961,000
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Washington Code - 48.02.010
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Mike Kreidler.jpg
Name:  Mike Kreidler
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  2001
Compensation:  $116,950
Elections
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
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The Washington Commissioner of Insurance is an elected state executive position in the Washington state government.

The office of the insurance commissioner is responsible for overseeing the state insurance industry.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Mike Kreidler (D). He has served in this position since 2001.

Authority

The office of insurance commissioner is established in the Washington Code.[1]

Washington Code - 48.02.010:

There shall be an insurance commissioner of this state who shall be elected at the time and in the manner that other state officers are elected.

Qualifications

Article 3, Section 25 of the state constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

Qualifications, Compensation, Offices Which May Be Abolished. No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office...
  • a citizen of the United States
  • a qualified elector in Washington

Elections

In Washington, the insurance commissioner is elected every four years. Elections are held in November and winners assume office the following January, serving until their successors are elected and qualified.

Washington elects insurance commissioners in presidential years (2012, 2016, and 2020).

2012

See also: Washington down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Incumbent Mike Kreidler won re-election on November 6, 2012.

Washington Commissioner of Insurance General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Kreidler Incumbent 58.3% 1,662,555
     Republican John Adams 41.7% 1,188,926
Total Votes 2,851,481
Election Results via Washington Secretary of State.


Vacancies

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Duties

The mission of the office of the insurance commissioner is to "protect consumers, the public interest and our state’s economy through fair and efficient regulation of the insurance industry."[2]

Duties include:

  • Answering questions and investigating problems from consumers.
  • Recovering money for consumers with insurance disputes or delays.
  • Licensing and auditing the 48 insurers based in Washington and monitoring others that do business in the state.
  • Testing, licensing and monitoring the individuals and businesses that sell insurance in the state.

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Commissioner of Insurance's Office in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $51,961,000.[3]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Washington Commissioner of Insurance was paid an estimated $116,950 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Office of the Washington Insurance Commissioner
Capitol Campus - Olympia

Mailing address
P.O. Box 40255
Olympia, WA 98504-0255

Street Address
302 Sid Snyder Ave., SW, Suite 200
Olympia, WA 98504-0255

Phone: 360-725-7000
Free insurance consumer hotline: 1-800-562-6900

See also

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