Outgoing S.C. Governor To Assume NALC Position

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Gov. Jim Hodges of South Carolina has been named executive director of the National Alliance of Life Companies, Rosemont, Ill., a spokeswoman for the NALC confirmed Thursday.

Although the governors office had no immediate comment on the announcement, NALC spokeswoman Dawn Bergsma said Gov. Hodges would assume the position sometime after he leaves office at the end of his term, which expires Jan. 15.

Hodges, a Democrat, was defeated in November by his Republican gubernatorial challenger, Mark Sanford.

Though the governors press office said that Hodges had made no formal decision about his plans after he leaves office, Bergsma confirmed that he has accepted the NALCs top appointed position from its board of directors.

The NALC is a national trade organization with more than 200 member companies.

It was formed in 1992 after the National Association of Life Companies merged with the American Council of Life Insurers in Washington.

Unlike the ACLI, the NALC is primarily composed of small and medium-sized insurers.

Much of the alliances activities involve lobbying state and federal legislators on issues affecting life and health insurance regulations.

The alliances executive director position has been vacant since June, when Scott Cipinko left the post to assume duties with the Life Insurers Council, which is a division of the Life Office Management Association, Atlanta.

Beginning late in 2001, the NALC held a series of talks with the LIC about the possibility of merging the two organizations. Those talks ended unsuccessfully, however, in April 2002, just about a month before the merger would have taken effect.

Before being elected the states governor in 1998, Hodges, 46, was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives for 11 years, where he was Democratic leader from 1995 through 1997. He also served as chairman of the state House judiciary committee from 1992 to 1994.

Hodges graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1979 with a business degree, and he received a law degree from USCs School of Law three years later.


Reproduced from National Underwriter Life & Health/Financial Services Edition, January 6, 2003. Copyright 2003 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.