Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher has named Julie Mix McPeak to succeed Glenn Jennings as executive director of the state’s Office of Insurance.

McPeak has been general counsel of the state employee health plan.

Jennings is going on to become commissioner of Medicaid services.

McPeak earlier spent 9 years as a lawyer at the Kentucky Office of Insurance. When she left, she was the general counsel.

McPeak has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a law degree from the University of Louisville.

McPeak is a longtime backer of efforts to make the U.S. insurance regulatory system more uniform.

Back in 1997, while she was participating in a panel discussion at the annual convention of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, Indianapolis, she talked about the need for a national regulatory scheme.

Once financial services companies were better equipped to compete on a national level, the next step would be for them to compete in the international marketplace, McPeak said.

“Something along the lines of the marketplace in Europe,” McPeak said.