New You can now listen to Insurance Journal articles!

The governor of Alabama appointed Mark Fowler as state insurance commissioner, promoting him from an acting commissioner position.

“I am deeply grateful to Governor Kay Ivey for the opportunity to serve as Insurance Commissioner for the State of Alabama,” Fowler said in a statement. “I am humbled and honored by the trust she has shown me with this appointment.”

Fowler, who joined the Department of Insurance in 2013, was named acting commissioner in July 2022, after Commissioner Jim Ridling retired. As commissioner, Fowler leads the DOI in regulating the insurance industry in the state, overseeing consumer protection and enforcing fire safety standards and codes. He will serve at the governor’s discretion, a DOI spokeswoman said. Ivey’s term ends in 2024.

Before joining the department, Fowler had a 28-year career in government, public affairs and association management, the department said. He also served as a legislative aide to the late US Senator Howell Heflin.

At DOI, Fowler has served as a government relations manager, chief of staff and deputy commissioner. During his tenure, he helped push some 40 bills through the state Legislature, the department said in a statement.

Fowler graduated from Auburn University with a degree in broadcast communications. He also has a master’s degree in political science from Auburn-Montgomery University.

PICTURED: Fowler in a talk.


Was this article valuable?

Here are more items you may enjoy.

The most important insurance news, delivered to your inbox every business day.

Get the insurance industry trusted newsletter