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Tech Executive To Lead Maryland Department

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Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, has appointed R. Steven Orr to serve as Maryland insurance commissioner.

Orr previously was chief information officer at Universal Underwriters Insurance Company, Overland Park, Kan.

Orr succeeds Alfred Redmer, who resigned in October 2005 to take a job at a private health insurer. The recess appointment is subject to confirmation by the Maryland State Senate.