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McPeak Appointed by Haslam as New Commerce and Insurance Commissioner

Press Release from Gov.-Elect Bill Haslam; Jan. 10, 2011:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today announced Nashville insurance regulatory attorney Julie Mix McPeak as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

The department protects the interests of consumers while providing fair, efficient oversight and a level field of competition for a broad array of industries and professionals doing business in Tennessee. It includes the Consumer Affairs, Insurance, Securities, TennCare Oversight, Fire Prevention and Regulatory Board divisions.

McPeak is an insurance regulatory attorney at Nashville’s office of Burr & Forman, LLP. She has more than 12 years of legal and administrative experience in state government, recently serving as Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Insurance (KOI).

Prior to becoming Executive Director, she spent nine years as an attorney for KOI, including five as General Counsel.

“I’m pleased that Julie McPeak will be joining the administration,” Haslam said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge in insurance from the public and private sector, and I look forward to working with her as we tackle the specific challenges facing the industry and state.”

McPeak is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association and Franklin County Bar Association. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice section, where she serves as Vice-Chair of the Insurance Regulation Committee, and previously served on the National Insurance Producer Registry Board of Directors.

“I’m honored to serve Gov.-elect Haslam and am thrilled to join his administration,” McPeak said. “There are plenty of challenges ahead, but there are many opportunities too. One of my main goals will be to grow the domestic insurance industry here in Tennessee in an effort to increase high quality jobs for Tennesseans.”

McPeak, 41, has a daughter, Anne. She received her J.D. from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from the University of Kentucky.

A photo of McPeak can be downloaded here.

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