California Insurance Commissioner
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|Insurance Commissioner of California|
California State Seal
|Term length||Four years, two term limit|
|Inaugural holder||John Garamendi
|Website||California Department of Insurance|
California Insurance Commissioner is an elected executive office position in California. The officeholder is in charge of the California Department of Insurance.
- Oversees and directs all functions of the Department of Insurance.
- Licenses, regulates, and examines insurance companies.
- Answers public questions and complaints regarding the insurance industry.
- Enforces the laws of the California Insurance Code and adopts regulations to implement the laws.
- The mission is to ensure vibrant markets where insurers keep their promises and the health and economic security of individuals, families, and businesses are protected.
As a result of the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988, the elected office of the California Insurance Commissioner was created in 1991. Previously, the position was held by a person appointed by the Governor. The Insurance Commissioner oversees the Department of Insurance. Democrat Dave Jones won the November 2, 2010 election for California Insurance Commissioner. The next election for Insurance Commissioner will be on November 4, 2014.
|John Garamendi||January 7, 1991–January 2, 1995||Democratic|
|Chuck Quackenbush||January 2, 1995–July 10, 2000||Republican|
|J. Clark Kelso||July 10, 2000–September 17, 2000||Republican|
|Harry W. Low||September 18, 2000–January 6, 2003||Democratic|
|John Garamendi||January 6, 2003–January 8, 2007||Democratic|
|Steve Poizner||January 8, 2007–January 3, 2011||Republican|
|Dave Jones||January 3, 2011–present||Democratic|