NU Online News Service, Dec. 8, 12:46 p.m.EST

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West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline, who has abackground as a state government official and consultant, has beenelected the National Association of Insurance Commissionerspresident for 2010.

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Ms. Cline was appointed insurance commissioner by West VirginiaDemocratic Gov. Bob Wise in 2001. Prior to her appointment ascommissioner, Ms. Cline operated a government consulting firm, JaneL. Cline & Associates.

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Before that, Ms. Cline served as commissioner of the WestVirginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and as deputycommissioner of the West Virginia Division of Highways. She earneda bachelor's degree in business administration from West VirginiaUniversity and an MBA from the University of West Virginia Collegeof Graduate Studies.

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Other NAIC officers elected were:

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o President-Elect: Iowa Insurance Commissioner Susan Voss

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o Vice President: Florida Insurance Commissioner KevinMcCarty

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o Secretary-Treasurer: Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner KimHolland

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The newly elected officers will assume their duties followingthe completion of the Winter National Meeting tomorrow.

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Ms. Voss, an attorney, has been Iowa Insurance Commissionersince 2005. Prior to her appointment as commissioner, she served asIowa's first deputy commissioner.

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Mr. McCarty, who heads the Florida Office of InsuranceRegulation, became Florida's first appointed insurance commissionerin January 2003.

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Ms. Holland, a Democrat, was elected Oklahoma insurancecommissioner in 2006 and is the first woman to hold the position inher state. She was a business woman and active civic volunteerbefore becoming insurance commissioner, 2010.

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NAIC also elected the following zone officers:

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o Midwestern Zone

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Michael McRaith–chair, Illinois insurance director; MerleScheiber–vice chair, South Dakota insurance director; Mary JoHudson–secretary, Ohio insurance director

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o Northeastern Zone

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Thomas Sullivan–chair, Connecticut insurance commissioner; JoelArio–vice chair, Pennsylvania insurance commissioner; PauletteThabault–secretary, Vermont insurance commissioner

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o Southeastern Zone

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Scott Richardson–chair, South Carolina insurance director;Leslie Newman–vice chair, Tennessee insurance commissioner; JimDonelon–secretary, Louisiana insurance commissioner

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o Western Zone

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Linda Hall–chair, Alaska insurance director; Mo Chavez–vicechair, New Mexico insurance commissioner; ChristinaUrias–secretary, Arizona insurance director

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