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News: 2013 Press Release

For Release: March 6, 2013
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Department of Insurance appoints new legislative director

SACRAMENTO - Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced effective April 1, 2013, Robert Herrell, will join the executive team of the California Department of Insurance (CDI) as a Deputy Commissioner and Legislative Director.

"I am extremely confident in Robert's ability to advance our mission of insurance protection for all Californians into the legislative arena," said Commissioner Jones. "I look forward to leveraging his considerable experience as we continue to ensure consumers are protected and their insurance needs are addressed."

Herrell's public policy experience is extensive, working in a number of important areas, including consumer protection, financial and consumer privacy, healthcare, immigration, economic development, transportation, energy, and environmental protection.

Herrell served as staff director for then-Senator Jackie Speier and was the lead staff on consumer financial privacy legislation and dietary supplement reform. He also served as chief consultant and senior consultant to the Assembly Consumer Protection, Governmental Efficiency and Economic Development Committee under then-Assemblywoman Susan Davis, where he worked on a wide variety of consumer protection and economic development issues. Herrell's legislative experience also includes working as the legislative director for Dave Jones during his tenure in the State Assembly, 2007-2008.

His extensive public policy experience in such a wide variety of areas will serve the department well in the complex world of insurance regulation. Herrell is returning to California after four years in Chicago, where he served as the vice president of an Internet start-up company focused on the Latino community.

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The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California, regulating the $123 billion insurance marketplace. In 2012 the California Department of Insurance received more than 160,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $64 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP. Out-of-state callers, please dial 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.

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