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Allen W. Kerr

Allen W. Kerr was appointed Insurance Commissioner on  January 13, 2015, by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.  Prior to his appointment, Kerr served three terms in the  Arkansas House of Representatives where he  distinguished himself as a leader and friend of Arkansas  taxpayers.  He was Chair of the Joint Committee on  Public Retirement and Social Security Programs and  served on a variety of other committees, subcommittees,  and task forces including the State and Public Schools’  Life and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task  Force.  During the 88th General Assembly, Kerr was vice-chair of the House Insurance  and Commerce Committee.  Kerr brings to his position over three decades of experience in insurance and financial  services.  He began the Allen Kerr Insurance Agency in March of 1981 and by its first  year of business it was ranked as number one in production in a district of 40  established agencies. In 2013 the agency was purchased by Delta Trust and Bank which  was later purchased by Simmons Bank, becoming the Simmons First Insurance of which  Kerr served as President. Kerr has been the recipient of many industry awards including four times as a Million Dollar Round Table member for life insurance production.  He was  selected “Best Insurance Agent” by Soirée magazine in 2012 and 2013.  A former Justice of the Peace for Pulaski County, Kerr also served as the Budget Chair  for the Pulaski County Quorum Court.  He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a graduate of the Broadway  School of Real Estate.  Kerr and his wife, Marliese, make their home in Little Rock and are the proud parents of  four children and grandparents to five.