The Hoosier State now has an insurance commissioner.[@@]

Jim Atterholt, the official serving as the acting commissioner, will be getting the job permanently, according to Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican.

Atterholt was named to the post Jan. 17, after the governor’s first choice, Evansville, Ind., insurance agent Harold Calloway, withdrew his name from consideration, citing the strain the job would put on his agency.

Daniels named Atterholt chief deputy commissioner in late 2004, after Daniels became the first Republican to serve as governor of Indiana since 1988. Daniels also was part of the governor’s transition team.

Before joining the transition team, Atterholt served 2 years as director of state government affairs for the Indiana operations of AT&T Corp., Bedminster, N.J.

Atterholt served as a state representative from 1998 to 2002. He was a district director for U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., from 1992 to 2002.