The Kansas Legislature established the Kansas Insurance Department in 1871. The first Superintendent of Insurance, later changed to Commissioner of Insurance in 1927, was William C. Webb. There have been twenty-seven Commissioners to lead The Kansas Insurance Department, including current Commissioner Vicki Schmidt. The longest-serving Commissioner was Frank Sullivan, who served from 1947-1971.

In 2017, the Kansas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 23, which merged the Kansas Securities Commission with the Kansas Insurance Department. Prior to the 2017 Legislation, the Securities Commission was an executive branch agency that reported to the Governor. Established in 1911, Kansas became the first state to pass a law regulating the sale of investments.

According to J.N. Dolley, a driving force for the law’s passage, it was an effort to prevent the sale of securities by promoters who promised rain, but delivered only “blue sky.” In the next few years, other states passed similar laws and today, all states’ securities laws are referred to as “blue sky laws”. Following the great stock market crash of 1929, the federal government began to regulate investment activity with the passage of the Securities Act of 1933, and the creation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 1934.

Insurance and securities have changed over the years but the responsibility of The Kansas Insurance Department to the people of Kansas remains unchanged.

The mission of The Kansas Insurance Department is to Regulate.Educate.Advocate.

Regulate:

Review companies that sell policies in Kansas to ensure solvency and compliance with insurance and securities laws and regulations.

Educate:

Consumers about all things insurance and securities by publishing brochures and rate guides to assist in the shopping process, giving presentations to groups across Kansas and serving as a non-biased source of information.

Advocate:

For a strong and competitive market to give Kansans choices when shopping for products that meet their needs.

Vicki Schmidt is a lifelong Kansan. She was born and raised in Wichita. She and her high school sweetheart, Mike, both attended Wichita South High School. Their families lived two blocks from each other and they shared similar upbringings focused on hard work, honesty and faith. They headed off to KU to continue their education together and then married in 1974. Vicki graduated from KU’s School of Pharmacy and went to work as a pharmacist, while Mike attended medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon. They made their home in Topeka, where they raised their two sons, Jonathan and Tyler.

She has worked for more than 40 years, serving Kansas families and seniors as a local pharmacist. It was her pharmacy experience and her commitment to bettering Kansas that drew her to run for the Legislature. As a pharmacist, Vicki found errors in the Kansas Medical Assistance Program, errors that were costing the state millions of dollars. She became a voice for reform – speaking up about ways Medicaid could be more cost-effective in its drug rebate program and implementing her plan, which resulted in more than $391 million in recouped dollars for the state.

Vicki brought her expertise to the Legislature, where she served 14 years representing Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties, including 6 as the Chair of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. As a State Senator, she fought to protect Medicare for Kansas seniors and voted to ensure Kansas families could count on insurance companies to cover the critical treatments needed for children diagnosed with autism. She consistently stands up to career politicians and lobbyists to fight for what is right for Kansans. She received her most important title in 2014 when she became a Grandma. She and Mike now have two grandsons and one granddaughter.

On November 6, 2018, she was elected, with the largest vote total statewide, as Kansas Insurance Commissioner. When she was sworn-in on January 14, 2019, she became the first pharmacist to serve as Kansas Insurance Commissioner and is the only pharmacist in America to hold a statewide office.

To contact the Kansas Insurance Department staff members, please email kid.commissioner@ks.gov.

Vicki Schmidt – Insurance Commissioner
785-296-3071

Barbara Rankin – Assistant Commissioner
785-296-2752

Jeff Wagaman – Securities Commissioner
785-296-3307

Mandy Roe – Chief of Staff
785-296-7807

Cara Rethman – Executive Assistant to the Insurance Commissioner
785-291-3299

Lee Modesitt – Director of Government Affairs
785-296-2461

Bobbi Mariani – Director of Administrative Operations and Human Resources
785-296-7802

John Eichkorn – Director of Compliance and Enforcement, Securities Division
785-296-3307

Justin McFarland – General Counsel
785-296-7847

Tish Becker – Director of Financial Surveillance
785-296-7816

Tate Flott – Chief of Market Regulation
785-296-2076

Nancy Strasburg – Director of Producer Licensing
785-296-7862

Nicole Boyd – Chief of Actuarial Services
785-296-6253

Julie Holmes – Director of Health and Life
785-296-7850

Dennis Jones – Director of Anti-Fraud
785-296-7806

LeAnn Crow – Director of Consumer Assistance
785-296-7829

Heather Droge – Director of Property and Casualty
785-296-7839

Linda Scott – Director of Information Technology
785-368-6527

Charlotte Daubert – Comptroller
785-291-3191

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Address : 1300 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604 – 4073
Telephone : 785-296-3071
Fax : 785-296-7805
Email : kid.commissioner@ks.gov

Producer Licensing Division

Mail to: ATTN Producer Licensing Division
Telephone : 785-296-7862
Fax : 785-368-7019
Email :kid.licensing@ks.gov

Consumer Assistance Division

File a consumer complaint or make a consumer inquiry
Consumer Assistance Hotline : 800-432-2484 (in Kansas only)
Telephone : 785-296-7829 (local)
Fax : 785-296-5806 TTY/TTD: 877-235-3151
Email : kid.webcomplaints@ks.gov

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