Arkansas Gov. Michael Beebe has picked Jay Bradford, a former insurance executive and state lawmaker, to succeed Julie Benafield Bowman as the state’s insurance commissioner.
Bradford has served for the past 2 years as Division of Behavioral Sciences director in the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
Beebe, who took office in January 2007, is a Democrat.
Bowman, who was appointed by former Gov. Michael Huckabee, R, resigned last week. She was chief executive officer of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission before becoming insurance commissioner.
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Chief Deputy Commissioner Lenita Blasingame is serving as interim commissioner. She will return to her original post once Bradford is sworn in, officials say.