Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (Photo: Michigan) Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (Photo: Michigan)

Anita Fox recently took over as the director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services.

The Michigan department has about 350 employees, an annual insurance regulation budget of about $33 million, and about $41 million in annual insurance regulation-related revenue, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

The department oversees credit unions, consumer finance lenders, and state-chartered banks, as well as insurers, health maintenance organizations and insurance agencies.

Fox previously was an attorney and shareholder at Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap P.C. Her list of clients has included Health Care Service Corp.’s Fort Dearborn Life; Starr Indemnity & Liability Company; Star Insurance Company; the Biomass Merchant Plants; and the Michigan Cable Telecommunications Association. She has taught insurance law at the Michigan State University law school, and she has lectured on insurance law matters for Mealy’s Insurance.

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From 2010 through 2012, for example, she represented Kevin Miller, a professional hockey player in Switzerland, in a suit against AXA Winterthur. Miller was trying to get AXA Winterthur to pay more of the costs related to the aftermath of a collision with another hockey player.

Fox has a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and a law degree from the University of Michigan, according to her LinkedIn entry.

In addition to working in law, Fox has worked on the national advance team for the Mondale-Ferraro campaign, in 1984; as director of scheduling and advance for Michigan for the Dukakis/Bentsen campaign, in 1998; and on the debate advance team in Michigan and Virginia for the Clinton/Gore campaign, in 1992.

Fox has also had personal experience with the effects of sudden death on a family. Her husband, Mark Fox, died suddenly in 2011.

Fox was appointed to the lead the Michigan department by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Whitmer, a Democrat, is one of the high-ranking Democratic officials who has expressed skepticism about other Democrats’ government-run, single-payer health care system proposals.

Whitmer is the daughter of Richard Whitmer, who was the president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan from 1988 through 2006.

Richard Whitmer continues to serve on the board of LifeSecure Insurance Company, a Michigan Blue affiliate that sells group long-term care insurance and other forms of health insurance other major medical insurance.

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