Alabama Governor Names Fowler Insurance Commissioner

Insurance Journal, January 19, 2023

Alabama’s governor has appointed Mark Fowler as state insurance commissioner, elevating him from an acting commissioner position.

“I am deeply thankful to Gov. Kay Ivey for the opportunity to serve as commissioner of insurance for the state of Alabama,” Fowler said in a statement. “I am humbled and honored by the confidence and trust she has shown in me by this appointment.”

Fowler, who joined the Department of Insurance in 2013, was named acting commissioner in July 2022, after longtime Commissioner Jim Ridling retired. As commissioner, Fowler leads the DOI in regulating the insurance industry in the state, overseeing consumer protection, and enforcing fire safety standards and codes. He will serve at the pleasure of the governor, a DOI spokeswoman said. Ivey’s term ends in 2024.

Before joining the department, Fowler had a 28-year career in government, public affairs and association management, the department said. He also served as a legislative assistant to the late U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin.

At the DOI, Fowler has worked as government relations manager, chief of staff and deputy commissioner. During his tenure, he helped shepherd some 40 bills through the state Legislature, the department said in a statement.

Fowler graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications. He also holds a master’s degree in political science from Auburn University – Montgomery.

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