Kansas Insurance Commissioner

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Insurance Commissioner of
the State of Kansas
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Incumbent
Sandy Praeger

since January 13, 2003
Formation March 1, 1871

The Kansas Insurance Commissioner (KIC), in full the Kansas State Insurance Commissioner, has the primary responsibility to the people whose personal lives are protected by insurance in the state of Kansas. It is an elected position and is currently held by Republican Sandy Praeger.

The Kansas Insurance Department was established by the Kansas Legislature in 1871. It has four major regulatory functions:

  • 1. Regulate and Review Companies: Sixty-five companies are headquartered in Kansas, plus 1,592 other companies sell policies in Kansas. The Kansas Insurance Department, under the direction of the Commissioner, regulates and reviews these companies to make sure they are solvent and comply with insurance laws and regulations.
  • 2. Educate Consumers: To educate consumers about insurance, the Kansas Insurance Department publishes brochures and rate guides on all kinds of insurance coverage; provides speakers on numerous insurance topics; and prepares vital public service information to mass media.
  • 3. Assist Consumers: The Kansas Insurance Department helps consumers when they have disputes with insurance companies. Such assistance has resulted in millions of dollars in refunds and claims payments for consumers.
  • 4. License Agents; Approximately 22,000 resident agents and 68,000 nonresident agents are licensed in Kansas to sell insurance products. The Kansas Insurance Department also requires agents to meet ongoing continuing education requirements.

Office holders[edit]

The office was known as the Superintendent of Insurance until 1927, when the title changed to Commissioner of Insurance

Kansas State Superintendents of Insurance[edit]

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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Kansas
Name Term Party
William C. Webb 1871–1873 Republican
Edward Russell 1873–1874 Republican
Harrison Clarkson 1874–1875 Republican
Orrin T. Welch 1875–1883 Republican
Richard B. Morris 1883–1887 Democratic
Daniel W. Wilder 1887–1891 Republican
W. H. McBride 1891–1893 Republican
S. H. Snider 1893–1895 Republican
George T. Anthony 1895–1896 Republican
Alexander P. Riddle 1896–1897 Republican
Webb McNall 1897–1899 Populist
Willard V. Church 1899–1903 Republican
Charles H. Luling 1903–1907 Republican
Charles W. Barnes 1907–1911 Republican
Isaac S. Lewis 1911–1915 Republican
Carey J. Wilson 1915–1919 Republican
Frank L. Travis 1919–1923 Republican
William R. Baker 1923–1927 Republican

Kansas State Commissioners of Insurance[edit]

Name Term Party
William R. Baker 1927–1929 Republican
Charles F. Hobbs 1929–1947 Republican
Frank Sullivan 1947–1971 Republican
William Fletcher 1971–1991 Republican
Ronald L. Todd 1991–1995 Republican
Kathleen Sebelius 1995–2003 Democratic
Sandy Praeger 2003–Present Republican

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