North Dakota Law

Updates from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Jon Godfread ’11, Elected Secretary-Treasurer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Secretary-Treasurer: North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread

Jon Godfread – was elected North Dakota’s 22nd Insurance Commissioner on November 8, 2016. In service to the citizens of North Dakota, Godfread has prioritized consumer advocacy, ensuring North Dakotans are better aware of the services offered by the Insurance Department beyond industry regulation. He has also worked to restructure the department for efficient, effective use of tax-payer dollars, along with employee satisfaction.

On a national level, Godfread has been an active voice in discussions about insurance regulations including use of technology, air ambulance service, and healthcare reinsurance. He currently chairs the NAIC’s Innovation and Technology Task Force.

Prior to serving as Insurance Commissioner, Godfread was most recently Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Greater North Dakota Chamber in Bismarck. His background also includes banking and professional athletics. He has held prominent roles in discussions around the federal Affordable Care Act, across-the-board tax reductions for North Dakotans, creation of the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund, K–12 education efforts and more.

Godfread earned a law degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business with honors from the University of Northern Iowa. Godfread currently serves on the following NAIC Executive Committees: Innovation and Technology Executive Task Force (Chair); Government Relations Executive Leadership Council; Special Executive Committee on Race and Insurance; Climate and Resiliency Executive Task Force; Long-Term Care Insurance Executive Task Force; Speed to Market Executive Working Group; Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Executive Working Group;

The newly elected officers will assume their duties on Jan. 3, 2022. The election of officers is held annually during the NAIC’s Fall National Meeting.

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