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Rep. Bill Hager enters race for insurance commissioner's post



Republican state Rep. Bill Hager of Delray Beach is in the race to be Florida's next insurance commissioner. 

Hager, 69, is a Minnesota native, a lawyer and an insurance arbitrator with a long and varied resume in the insurance field, including having served as Iowa's appointed insurance commissioner from 1986 to 1990. He then moved to Florida and served for eight years as president and CEO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the nation's largest workers' comp organization, based in Boca Raton. He is currently president of Insurance Metrics Corp., in which he frequently serves as an expert witness in insurance litigation.

All of the resumes for the insurance commissioner's post are online. A "pre-screening" of Hager's application notes that he is not fully compliant, with a 75 percent score. Hager answered "No" to the question of whether he has five or more years experience "as a senior examiner or other senior employee of a state or federal agency having regulatory responsibilities over insurers or insurance agencies within the last 10 years."

Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty will depart May 5. His replacement will be chosen by Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater just as another hurricane season is getting underway in Florida.

[Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2016 2:31pm]


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