April 2, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Bowler Sworn-In As Massachusetts Commissioner Of Insurance


(BOSTON, MA) Julianne M. Bowler was officially sworn-in today as Commissioner of Insurance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Designated by Governor Jane Swift on March 15, 2002 to succeed her predecessor Linda L. Ruthardt, Bowler assumed the helm of the regulatory agency following an afternoon swearing-in ceremony at the Governor's office.

"Insurance consumers can be assured that this agency's employees remain dedicated and diligent in their efforts to protect policyholders and monitor the insurance marketplace in Massachusetts," said Commissioner Bowler. "We have a great team here. The strides we've made in recent years and those we will continue to make are a direct reflection of this talented staff," Bowler said.

As First Deputy Commissioner since 1998, Bowler was the point-person for the Division's review of the John Hancock Mutual Insurance Company's Plan of Reorganization under the state's demutualization statute as well as the Berkshire Life/Guardian Life merger. Bowler also oversaw the design and implementation of the first-in-the-nation on-line agent license renewal system, the implementation of electronic receipt of policy form and rate filings for all lines of insurance and the development of a web-based checklist system that expedited the review of new insurance products.

Prior to joining the Division of Insurance, Bowler consulted for the Division of Medical Assistance where she assisted in the development of health insurance premium assistance plans for small businesses and children of low-income families. From 1994 to 1996, Bowler worked in government relations for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Prior to that, she served as research and budget director for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Republican Leader's Office.

Bowler, a native of West Springfield, Massachusetts, received her B.A. in philosophy from Assumption College in Worcester in 1985. She received her M.A. from the University of Dallas in 1987, an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 2001 and is a doctoral candidate in Biomedical Ethics at Georgetown University.