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Ohio Gets First Openly Gay Insurance Director

Ohio's governor said the state will get its first openly gay insurance director with the appointment of Mary Jo Hudson. She is believed to be...
January 9, 2007

Ohio's governor said the state will get its first openly gay insurance director with the appointment of Mary Jo Hudson. She is believed to be the first openly gay person to join the top ranks of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) leadership. Hudson was appointed by newly elected Democratic Governor Ted Strickland. She is a Columbus City Council member who served from 1989 to 1996 as a deputy liquidator and special services attorney for the Ohio Department of Insurance and Office of the Ohio Insurance Liquidator. Hudson is a former national board member of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the HRC Foundation.

In other state commissioner appointments, governors in Idaho and Missouri named chief insurance regulators for their states. Missouri Republican Gov. Matt Blunt announced that Doug Ommen will serve as director of the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, replacing Dale Finke, who recently retired. Ommen is currently deputy director for the department and general counsel. In Idaho, Republican Governor Butch Otter named state Rep. Bill Deal (R) as the new insurance commissioner. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas has appointed former Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration deputy Paulette Thabault to serve as commissioner of the department. Thabault replaces John Crowley, who has retired from the position.

Ohio Gets First Openly Gay Insurance Director (National Underwriter 1/5/07)

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