North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven has appointed Adam Hamm to succeed Jim Poolman as insurance commissioner.

Poolman resigned in September to work in private industry.

Hamm is now an associate with the law firm of Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden & Thompson, Fargo, N.D.

From 1998 to 2001, Hamm was a prosecuting attorney for Cass County, N.D.

While working as a prosecutor, Hamm worked on the personal crimes team and argued cases before the North Dakota Supreme Court, officials say.

Hamm has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a law degree from the University of North Dakota.