Past commissioners

Deborah Senn (D)

1993 to 2001

  • Born in 1949 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois.
  • Law degree from Loyola University.
  • Practiced regulatory law.
  • Counsel to House and Senate Committees.
  • Lobbyist and Governmental Relations.
  • Currently practicing law in Seattle.

Richard Marquardt (R)

1977 to 1993

  • Born in 1922 in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Died in 2012 in Seattle, Washington.
  • University of Washington graduate.
  • Served in the Army during World War II.
  • Worked as fuel-oil business executive.
  • Appointed by Gov. Evans to head state selective service system.
  • Senator from King County District 45 for one term (1967).

Karl Herrmann (D)

1969 to 1977

  • Born in 1915 in Granite Falls, Washington. Died in 1997 in Tacoma, Washington.
  • Spokane attorney.
  • Three terms as senator representing Spokane.
  • Chaired Senate Insurance Committee.

Lee Kueckelhan (D)

1961 to 1969

  • Born in 1899 in Blackwater, Missouri. Died in 1983 in Pierce County.
  • Was Commissioner Sullivan's chief deputy for 17 years.
  • President of the NAIC (1963 and 1964)

William A. Sullivan (D)

1933 to 1961

  • Born: 1885 in Baltimore, Ireland. Died in 1968 in Seattle, Washington.
  • Retirement board chair (1947).
  • President of NAIC (1936).
  • Seven terms as insurance commissioner.

H. O. Fishback (R)

1913 to 1933

  • Born: 1859 in Rochester, Minnesota. Died in 1933 in Adna, Washington.
  • Assistant city treasurer for the city of Tacoma.
  • One term as senator from Lewis County (1909).
  • President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in 1924.
  • Five terms as insurance commissioner.

John H. Shively (R)

1909 to 1913

  • Born in 1859. Died in 1914 in Chelan County.
  • Legislator from Whatcom County, one term (1895).
  • Chair, Republican State Central Committee (1898 and 1900).
  • Originally appointed to the position of insurance commissioner by Secretary of State Samuel Nichols.
  • Once position became an elected office, he ran and won.
  • Impeachment proceedings brought against him in June 1909. Found not guilty.

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