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Oregon Insurance Commissioner
Laura Cali Robison became Oregon insurance commissioner on July 15, 2013. The division hired Laura in mid-2011 as a casualty actuary specializing in workers' compensation and medical malpractice. She previously worked as a consulting actuary for Towers Watson in San Francisco, overseeing projects for self-insured companies, public entities, and insurers. She started her career at Liberty Mutual's home office in Boston, building rating models for workers' compensation and general liability lines of business.
While her area of expertise is in property and casualty insurance, Laura became heavily involved in health insurance issues in 2012 as chief actuary and manager of the division's Product Regulation section. In that position and as commissioner, she has led the division's efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act.
In January 2016, Laura became of the administrator of the Division of Financial Regulation, overseeing the regulation of Oregon's insurance, banking, credit union, securities, and consumer finance industries. The division has an annual budget of $40 million and a staff of 170. The division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency.
Laura grew up in Sonoma, Calif., and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and economics from Boston University. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries
Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance
Dean Cameron was appointed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter to serve as Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance effective June 15, 2015. Director Cameron is a third generation insurance agent and has 27 years of experience in state government.
Director Cameron was a partner in Cameron and Seamons Insurance and Investments since 2004 and a partner in Cameron and Cameron Insurance Benefit Designers from 1989 to 2004. He is a former president of the Southern Idaho Life Underwriters Association and received the Life Underwriter of the Year award for 1994-1995.
Director Cameron served 13 terms in the state senate, including eight terms as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and Co-chair of JFAC, the state's budget committee. At the time of his appointment, he was the most senior member of the Senate. During his tenure in the Senate, Director Cameron was the senior member on the Senate Resources and Environment committee, Co-chair of the Health Care Task Force and former Chair and senior member of the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee which handles insurance legislation. He sponsored nearly 20 pieces of health care and insurance-related legislation during his Senate service.
Director Cameron earned an Associate Degree in Political Science from Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) in Rexburg, Idaho in 1984. Prior to his appointment, he was licensed in Life and Health as well as Series 6 and 63. He and his wife, Linda, have three children and five grandchildren.
Mike Kreidler is Washington's eighth insurance commissioner, first elected in 2000 and re-elected to his fifth term in 2016. Commissioner Kreidler has earned a reputation both as a staunch advocate for consumer advocacy and as a fair and balanced regulator.
The commissioner served 16 years in the state Legislature, first as a Representative and then Senator. He later was elected to Congress. In 1998 he was appointed Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Region 10 office in Seattle. He served in that post until 2000.
Since 2007, Commissioner Kreidler has chaired the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Climate Change and Global Warming Work Group. He led a successful push for insurers to disclose how they are preparing for the potential risks associated with climate change.
A doctor of optometry, he practiced at the former Group Health Cooperative in Olympia, Washington, for 20 years. He holds a master's degree in public health from UCLA. Mike retired from the Army Reserves as a lieutenant colonel after 20 years of service.
He is the most-tenured insurance commissioner in the country, providing leadership that spans from healthcare reform to climate change.
Chief Deputy Commissioner, California Department of Insurance
Joel Laucher is the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the California Department of Insurance. He joined the Department in 1985 as a market conduct examiner. He has been finding fault with insurance companies ever since. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate insurance or the people who work to make insurance available.