Nebraska Insurance Director Tim Wagner, 65, died Tuesday.

Wagner, who died 6 days after suffering a stroke, had been the director of the Nebraska department since 1999.

Wagner earned a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and went on to spend more than 40 years working at Nebraska insurance companies and in the Nebraska department, according to his official biography.

He started out as an underwriter at State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Bloomington, Ill., in 1963, and he was a vice president at Central States Indemnity Company, Omaha, Neb., when he became head of the insurance department.

“Tim was a great asset to the state of Nebraska,” Nebraska Gov. David Heineman says in a statement about Wagner’s death. “He was very professional when it came to the role he played in regulating the insurance industry, yet was very successful in helping recruit new business investment to our state. He worked tirelessly to position our state as an excellent place for insurance companies to do business and his many contributions will not be forgotten.”

Heineman, a Republican, has named Ann Frohman, the deputy director of the Nebraska Insurance Department, to be the acting director.