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Arkansas Insurance Department

Allen W. Kerr

Allen W. Kerr was appointed Arkansas’s 23rd Insurance  Commissioner on January 13, 2015, by Governor Asa Hutchinson.  Prior to his appointment, Kerr served three terms in the Arkansas  House of Representatives, distinguishing himself as a leader and friend  of hardworking Arkansas taxpayers. In the Arkansas General Assembly, Kerr served as Chairman 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  served as Vice Chairman of the House Insurance and Commerce Committee.  Kerr brings to his position over three decades of experience in insurance and financial  services. He opened the Allen Kerr Insurance Agency in March of 1981 and, by its first year of  business, 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 being a four-time member of the Million Dollar  Round Table for life insurance production. He was also named “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. Kerr and his wife, Marliese, make their home in Little Rock and are  the proud parents of four children and grandparents to five.
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