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Jay Bradford

Jay Bradford was appointed Arkansas Insurance  Commissioner on January 15, 2009, by Governor Mike  Beebe. Bradford brings to the Department more than four  decades of experience in the insurance industry, including  thirty years as founder, chairman, and former shareholder of  First Arkansas Insurance Group, a statewide network of  independent property and casualty agencies. Customer  service and consumer protection have been hallmarks of his  career. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Bradford served for two years as the  Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services within the Arkansas Department of  Human Services.   Commissioner Bradford served in the Arkansas Legislature for twenty-four years  where he was chosen both Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and President Pro  Tempore of the Senate. He also served as Chair of the Public Health, Welfare and Labor  Committee in both bodies.   Some of the highlights of his service in the Arkansas Legislature include serving as  chief sponsor of the Tobacco Settlement Funding Bill, legislation which resulted in  Arkansas being the only state in the nation to mandate all the settlement monies be used  for healthcare. He also served as lead Senate sponsor of breast care legislation which  resulted in millions of dollars being made available for the prevention and treatment of  breast cancer.   He has achieved numerous honors and awards during his service to the citizens of  Arkansas, including the 2006 Arkansas Business Executive of the Year and the 2005  Libertarian of the Year from the American Civil Liberties Union. He is active in various  community and political affairs. In 2011, Commissioner Bradford was named to the  Arkansas Business Power List and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the  National Alliance Research Academy.  A graduate of Subiaco Academy, Commissioner Bradford holds a Bachelor of Arts  degree in Economics and Psychology from Henderson State College and has also been  recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of that institution, now known as Henderson  State University. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor (C.I.C.) and holds an Honorary  Doctor of Science from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Jay is married to  Dr. Robbie Thomas-Knight, a Little Rock psychologist. They have three daughters. 
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IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Effective October 10, 2014, the License Division will halt all processing for approximately ten days while the Department converts to the NAIC State Based System (SBS). For more information see Bulletin 12-2014
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