Mike Kreidler is Washington’s eighth insurance commissioner, first elected in 2000 and re-elected to his fifth term in 2016. He previously served in both the state Legislature and in the U.S. Congress.
A doctor of optometry, Mike practiced at Group Health Cooperative in Olympia for 20 years, and holds a master’s degree in public health. Mike also has experience as a small business owner, founding director of a community bank, and as a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Commissioner Kreidler has earned a reputation both as a staunch advocate for consumer protection and as a fair and balanced regulator. He is the longest-serving insurance commissioner in the country, and a national leader on issues as diverse as health care reform, consumer protection and climate change.
While he says that the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, it is transformational. Its successful implementation here in Washington is his highest priority.