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California Insurance Commissioner is an elected executive office position in California. The officeholder is in charge of the California Department of Insurance.

The current Insurance Commissioner is Republican Steve Poizner.



  • Oversees and directs all functions of the Department of Insurance.
  • Licenses, regulates, and examines insurance companies.
  • Answers public questions and complaints regarding the insurance industry.
  • Enforces the laws of the California Insurance Code and adopts regulations to implement the laws.


As a result of the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988, the elected office of the California Insurance Commissioner was created in 1991. Previously, the position was held by a person appointed by the Governor. The Insurance Commissioner oversees the Department of Insurance. The next election for Insurance Commissioner is on November 2, 2010.

Name Term Party
John Garamendi January 7, 1991–January 2, 1995 Democratic
Chuck Quackenbush January 2, 1995–July 10, 2000 Republican
J. Clark Kelso July 10, 2000–September 17, 2000 Republican
Harry W. Low September 18, 2000–January 6, 2003[1] Democratic
John Garamendi January 6, 2003–January 8, 2007 Democratic
Steve Poizner January 8, 2007–present Republican


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