A Midwestern insurer has a new public affairs specialist.

Conseco Inc., Carmel, Ind., has hired William Fritts to be executive vice president for government relations.

Fritts previously was the executive vice president for oversight and coordination of federal and state political advocacy and public affairs efforts at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Des Plaines, Ill.

Fritts also has been the Washington representative of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Kansas City, Mo., and he was the chief of staff for former Sen. David Durenberger, R-Minn.

Fritts has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and chemistry from the University of Vermont.