Jay Bradford was appointed Arkansas InsuranceCommissioner on January 15, 2009, by Governor MikeBeebe. Bradford brings to the Department more than fourdecades of experience in the insurance industry, includingthirty years as founder, chairman, and former shareholder ofFirst Arkansas Insurance Group, a statewide network ofindependent property and casualty agencies. Customerservice and consumer protection have been hallmarks of hiscareer.Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Bradford served for two years as theDirector of the Division of Behavioral Health Services within the Arkansas Department ofHuman Services. Commissioner Bradford served in the Arkansas Legislature for twenty-four yearswhere he was chosen both Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and President ProTempore of the Senate. He also served as Chair of the Public Health, Welfare and LaborCommittee in both bodies. Some of the highlights of his service in the Arkansas Legislature include serving aschief sponsor of the Tobacco Settlement Funding Bill, legislation which resulted inArkansas being the only state in the nation to mandate all the settlement monies be usedfor healthcare. He also served as lead Senate sponsor of breast care legislation whichresulted in millions of dollars being made available for the prevention and treatment ofbreast cancer. He has achieved numerous honors and awards during his service to the citizens ofArkansas, including the 2006 Arkansas Business Executive of the Year and the 2005Libertarian of the Year from the American Civil Liberties Union. He is active in variouscommunity and political affairs. In 2011, Commissioner Bradford was named to theArkansas Business Power List and was appointed to the Board of Directors of theNational Alliance Research Academy.A graduate of Subiaco Academy, Commissioner Bradford holds a Bachelor of Artsdegree in Economics and Psychology from Henderson State College and has also beenrecognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of that institution, now known as HendersonState University. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor (C.I.C.) and holds an HonoraryDoctor of Science from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.