Maine Gov. John Baldacci has nominated Mila Kofman to be the state’s top insurance regulator.

Baldacci, a Democrat, is recommending that Kofman be the superintendent of the Maine Bureau of Insurance.

If confirmed by the Maine Legislature, Kofman would succeed Alessandro Iuppa, who stepped down during the middle of his latest 5-year term to work in the Washington office of Zurich North America.

Kofman would serve until April 2009, the end of what would have been Iuppa’s term as superintendent.

Kofman is associate research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.

She has been a consumer representative at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Kansas City, Mo., since 2002.

Kofman has a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Georgetown University.