For Immediate Release - June 14, 2011

Insurance Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy Elected to Leadership Role in National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Murphy takes seat on Executive Committee, voted Secretary-Treasurer of NAIC's Northeast Zone

BOSTON - June 14, 2011 - Patrick-Murray Administration Commissioner of Insurance Joseph G. Murphy has been elected to the National Association of Insurance Commissioner's Executive Committee and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Association's Northeast Zone, expanding his leadership and insight to national insurance issues.


Murphy was elected to the positions during a recent NAIC conference. As Secretary-Treasurer of the Northeast Zone, Murphy takes on a leadership role in a region that extends through all of New England and down to Washington, D.C.


"I am proud to have won the confidence and support of my fellow commissioners," Murphy said. "In recent years the Patrick-Murray Administration and our Division of Insurance have made significant strides in auto and health insurance, and I look forward to sharing those experiences and results with insurance commissioners from around the country."


Murphy, 36, was named Commissioner of Insurance by Governor Deval Patrick in February 2010, and has been a leader in the Governor's effort to lower health care costs for small businesses and working families. Previously, Murphy served as the First Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Insurance, where he helped bring managed competition to auto insurance in Massachusetts starting in April 2008.


"Commissioner Murphy has proven he can bring consumer-friendly reforms to insurance while also balancing the need for a stable and solvent industry," said Barbara Anthony, the Undersecretary of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, which oversees the Division of Insurance. "His experience and ideas are valuable assets for commissioners around the country."


Formed in 1871, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is a voluntary organization of the chief insurance regulatory officials of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. The NAIC serves the needs of consumers and the industry, with an overriding objective of supporting state insurance regulators as they protect consumers and maintain the financial stability of the insurance marketplace. For more information, visit


A native of Quincy, Murphy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. He lives in Boston. For more information on the Massachusetts Division of Insurance, visit The Division of Insurance is part of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Follow the Office at , its Consumer Connections Blog and at its Twitter feed, @Mass_Consumer.