Ken Selzer is running for Kansas Insurance Commissioner.
Education: B.S. in Accounting with honors from KSU, MBA from USC
Occupation: Executive managing director at Aon Benfield
Experience: 32 years in the insurance and reinsurance services business
1. What do you think differentiates yourself from the other candidates in this race?
I am a CPA with 32 years of directly relevant business experience. In addition to the CPA designation, I have earned a number of insurance and reinsurance credentials, including CPCU, ARe, and FLMI. I have experience in a large number of lines of insurance supervised by the Kansas Insurance Department. We will work to bring good business practices to this important state department that affects every Kansan.
I grew up in McPherson and Marion Counties near Goessel. My wife Deb of 33 years and I have two daughters. Deb and I owned a successful small business together for 12 years. We also currently own and operate a farm near Louisburg.
2. What role do you think the insurance commissioner should play in Kansas’s government?
We will focus on the three things required by statute for the commissioner to do for Kansas: 1) educate and advocate for consumers, 2) regulate insurance companies, and 3) license insurance agents.
We will work every day to provide a balanced, fair and predictable regulatory environment in Kansas so that more companies want to write business in Kansas and compete for the hard-earned insurance dollars of Kansas residents, thereby keeping our rates lower than what they otherwise would have been and coverages broader.
3. What challenges do you think health reform poses for the insurance commissioner? How would you address those?
I am against Obamacare. The PPACA/Obamacare has many issues and challenges, including the flawed premises on which it is based. We will always work to educate and advocate for consumers, regulate the companies that are writing healthcare policies regulated by the Kansas Insurance Department, and license agents that sell health care policies, all as required by Kansas statute. At this time we do not know which provisions of this federal law will remain intact over the long term.