California Insurance Commissioner
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|Insurance Commissioner of California|
California State Seal
|Department of Insurance|
|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.
|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|