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Former North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long Dies

Former North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long has died, 12 days after suffering a stroke in the state capitol. Long, 68, died February 2 at...
February 10, 2009

Former North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long has died, 12 days after suffering a stroke in the state capitol. Long, 68, died February 2 at Rex Hospital, where he had remained in a coma since collapsing of a hemorrhagic stroke on his way to a legislative hearing. Long won election to six terms as insurance commissioner before retiring after nearly a quarter century in office earlier this month. He was the third-longest statewide officeholder in North Carolina history, according to the hospital statement.

"Commissioner Long was a good and close friend to PIA throughout his tenure in office in North Carolina and at the NAIC," said PIA National Senior Vice President Patricia A. Borowski. "Many times, Jim's was the voice of reason backed by his first-hand experience with what worked best in the business of insurance for both the industry and consumers. Commissioner Jim Long committed his life's work to this standard and he executed his responsibilities in doing so better than most, standing as an example from which future insurance regulators and state officers can gain inspiration. He will be greatly missed."

Former NC Commissioner Long Dies (Insurance Journal 2/3/09)

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