For Immediate Release - February 24, 2012

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

Murphy voted Chair of NAIC's Northeast Zone and takes seat on Government Relations Leadership Council

BOSTON - February 23, 2012 – Patrick-Murray Administration Commissioner of Insurance Joseph G. Murphy has been elected to the National Association of Insurance Commissioner's Executive Committee and as Chair 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 Commissioners’ Conference.  As Chair of the Northeast Zone, Murphy continues in a leadership role in a region that extends through all of New England and down to Washington, D.C.

As Chair, Murphy was also elected to serve as a member of the Government Relations Leadership Council for 2012.  The Council develops, coordinates, and implements the NAIC’s legislative, regulatory, and grassroots initiatives and communicates the NAIC’s policy views to federal and state officials on pending legislation and regulatory issues to advocate the benefits and efficiencies of state regulation.  Just last June, Murphy was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the Northeast Zone.

"I am humbled by the confidence my fellow commissioners have put in me," Murphy said. "As Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in building an insurance marketplace that benefits consumers and fosters industry innovation, I look forward to sharing the good work of the Patrick-Murray Administration with my colleagues from around the country."

Murphy, 37, 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.

"Joe is an enormously talented individual who is able to balance the needs of consumers and the marketplace with aplomb," said Barbara Anthony, the Undersecretary of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, which oversees the Division of Insurance. “NAIC will be well served by Joe as the organization moves forward with its important work.”

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 www.naic.org.

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 www.mass.gov/doi) The Division of Insurance is part of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Follow the Office at www.mass.gov/consumer, its Consumer Connections Blog and at its Twitter feed, @Mass_Consumer.