Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon has served in the position for more than 15 years, but his latest term is ending this year and he has decided not to run for reelection.
He joined WWL’s Tommy Tucker to weigh in on what Louisiana residents should look for in their next insurance commissioner.
“It really does help to have insurance experience, but it also helps to be a public servant with a public servant’s heart, if you will,” he said.
Donelon also said that an insurance commissioner should balance the “very fine line of balancing affordability with availability,” when it comes to insurance.
“I can’t overregulate and I can’t let the companies run over the policyholders that they make promises to and collect money for when they are in their hour of need,” he explained. Even as he tried, Donelon admitted that during his tenure, he “managed to offend and anger just about everybody and both sides at one time or another.”
However, he said that’s an indication that he was doing his job correctly.
For voters, Donelon said that they should focus on a candidate’s “competence and a conscience and a proven record of serving the public with their interest uppermost.”
Listen to the full conversation here.