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South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford appointed State Senator Scott Richardson, R-Beaufort, as acting director of the Department of Insurance yesterday, replacing Eleanor Kitzman, who resigned abruptly.

Gov. Sanford said in a statement, “While Eleanor has certainly done a lot of good things at the Department of Insurance–particularly with regard to the captives industry–when you look at the situation that has developed for all of U.S. coastal insurance as a result of Hurricane Katrina, we thought Scott would bring a skill-set to the position key to addressing that situation.”

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