Kansas is on track to get an insurance commissioner with no direct experience with working inside the insurance industry.
Vicki Schmidt, a pharmacist, defeated Clark Schultz, a veteran insurance regulator, Tuesday, in the Kansas insurance commissioner primary.
Schmidt won the primary with 52% of the votes cast.
Nathaniel McLaughlin was the only Democrat running for the Kansas insurance commissioner post and did not have to go through the primary process.
The Current Commissioner
The current Kansas insurance commissioner is Ken Selzer.
Selzer holds the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Property Casualty Underwriter professional designations. He worked as an executive managing director at Aon Benfield, in the reinsurance and reinsurance brokerage industries, before becoming the commissioner in 2015.
He gave up the commissioner post to run for the Kansas Republican nomination for governor.
He came in third in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
The Republican Candidates
Schmidt, the winner of the Republican insurance commissioner primary, has been a pharmacist in the Topeka, Kansas, area for about 40 years. She has cited her experience as a pharmacist as her main qualification for serving as insurance commissioner.
“As a pharmacist, Vicki deals with Kansas health insurance problems every day,” according to her campaign website.
Schmidt’s husband is an orthopedic surgeon. She has served in the Kansas state Senate since 2005.
Schmidt does serve on the state Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and the Health Care Stabilization Fund Oversight Committee.