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In January 2011, John D. Doak was sworn into office as the 12th Insurance Commissioner of Oklahoma. In 2014, voters awarded Commissioner Doak’s unparalleled performance with a second term and a record 77 percent of the vote.
Under Commissioner Doak's leadership, the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) has been transformed into a proactive consumer-oriented governmental body that is physically present to provide consumer assistance to those who have been impacted by catastrophic events such as tornadoes, wildfires, and earthquakes. Commissioner Doak has received significant support from Oklahoma media by airing public service announcements that educate Oklahomans about their insurance coverage and services offered through the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
A new initiative launched by Commissioner Doak is to bring greater insurance consumer awareness to major damage and catastrophic loss due to the frequency and magnitude of earthquakes in Oklahoma. Since January 2009, earthquake activity in Oklahoma has been approximately 40 times greater than in the previous 30 years. In August 2015, Commissioner Doak hosted a national earthquake forum in Chicago. The Center for Insurance Policy and Research sponsored the event with presentations by scientists from the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the University of Memphis.
Since the OID has been involved in this issue, many insurance companies have taken notice and clarified whether their policies cover earthquakes caused from oil and gas activities. Since the beginning of 2015, Oklahoma has required that all insurance professionals who work in the property market have one hour of earthquake continuing education credit every two years.
Fiscally conservative, Commissioner Doak has operated the Oklahoma Insurance Department under budget every year since taking office. Since 2011, the Department has returned $28.5 million in unspent funds to the state treasury and has generated more than $1.3 billion in revenue for the State of Oklahoma.
Commissioner Doak is an active member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, where he serves on the Property and Casualty Insurance Committee, as the Chair of the American Indian and Alaska Native Liaison Committee, as a member of the International Insurance Relations Committee, and as Midwest Zone Secretary and NAIC Executive Committee member for 2016. Commissioner Doak also shapes important national insurance policy issues as a member of the Government Relations Leadership Council.
Commissioner Doak is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science who, shortly after college, launched a successful insurance business in Tulsa. As his career thrived, Doak worked in numerous roles within the insurance industry. He served as an executive for several risk and insurance service companies including Marsh, Aon, HNI and Ascension.
Doak and his wife Debby live in Tulsa with their children, Zack and Kasey. They are members of the South Tulsa Baptist Church.
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