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February 22, 2019

Andrew Mais named insurance commissioner

Andrew N. Mais, an insurance industry regulatory specialist at Deloitte and a former Cablevision talk show host, has been named by Gov. Ned Lamont as the next insurance commissioner, a key regulatory role in an industry with a huge presence in Connecticut.

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Andrew N. Mais

Deloitte describes Mais on its web site as a member of the firm’s Center for Financial Services, “providing industry-leading thought leadership and insight on regulatory affairs and related topics to the financial services sector, including the insurance practice and clients.” He is based in Stamford.

Mais, who has been with Deloitte for eight years, was the director of public affairs and research at the Department of Insurance in New York. His LinkedIn profile says he was a Cablevision talk show host before taking the New York insurance job.

Connecticut has 105 domestic insurers, which are companies chartered, incorporated, organized or constituted under state laws, and the department often is seen as influential in national or international regulatory matters, aside from overseeing rate-setting in the state.

“The insurance commissioner has incredible power,” said Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, co-chair of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee. “It probably is one of the most powerful positions in state government that people don’t talk a lot about it.”

Mais is a 1980 graduate of Yale University.

He lives is Wilton, where he is a member of the Town Council on Ethics.

Mais, who faces confirmation by the General Assembly, will be the state’s 33rd insurance commissioner, and is set to succeed Katharine Wade, a former Cigna executive who resigned in December. The acting commissioner is Paul Lombardo.

“Wade was very pro-business. She testified against every single bill” sought by consumer advocates, Scanlon said. “And it will be interesting to see whether this guy this guy take the same path or is more consumer friendly.”

Josh Hershman Guilford, who was Lamont’s deputy campaign treasurer, recently joined the Connecticut Insurance Department as a deputy commissioner.

With the nomination Friday of Selia Mosquera-Bruno as housing commissioner and the expected nomination next week of Mais, the Lamont administration will have five agency head jobs to fill: the departments of Motor Vehicles, Education, Social Services, Public Health and Agriculture.

This story has been updated

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