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George Rankin Dale*

Senior Public Policy Advisor

George Dale concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance regulatory, governmental and legislative matters.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Dale served for 32 years as Insurance Commissioner for the State of Mississippi. Elected to that position in 1975 at the age of 35, Mr. Dale was the youngest insurance commissioner in Mississippi history and became the longest serving, elected insurance commissioner in United States' history.

As chief executive officer of the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID), Mr. Dale was responsible for all aspects of MID operations including licensing, regulatory approval of transactions, litigation, financial and market conduct investigations, and legislative initiatives.

During his tenure, the MID was granted financial accreditation status by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) – an accomplishment that the MID still holds today. Mr. Dale was actively involved at the NAIC and served on multiple committees and work groups.

Mississippi endured eight hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina, while Mr. Dale held office. As a result of his leadership, Mississippi successfully navigated the aftermath of those eight hurricanes without a collapse or mass exodus of the Mississippi market by insurance carriers. Mr. Dale worked to form substantive coalitions involving local, state and federal government agencies, as well as stakeholders from the private sector, to bolster the state's economic recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina.

As Insurance Commissioner, Mr. Dale also served as the State Fire Marshall. Recognizing the impact that a well-trained and well-equipped fire department can have on public safety, Mr. Dale oversaw the enactment and implementation of the Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Act, resulting in 502 new fire trucks for Mississippi communities, which resulted in lower fire insurance rates for many Mississippians.

Mr. Dale's knowledge of the insurance industry, coupled with his professional and personal credibility, his relationships with state regulators and insurance executives across the country, and his ability to problem-solve and think "outside the box," enable him to take a results-oriented approach to the most complex regulatory issues.

Mr. Dale is still active on the national and local levels in the insurance regulatory arena. He assists clients with matters before state insurance departments as well as state and federal agencies on regulatory and legislative matters. In addition, Mr. Dale also represents clients on public policy matters. He also regularly attends National Association of Insurance Commissioners meetings and other trade related meetings in the representation of clients.

Representative Matters
  • Represents clients in the approval of policy rates and forms.

  • Represented insurance company client in the expansion into other states.

  • Represented clients in the resolution of regulatory issues before state insurance departments.

  • Represented clients before the Mississippi State Legislature.

  • Represented clients in the acquisition and formation of insurers.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Distinguished Service Award from the Risk Management and Insurance Society, University of Mississippi (2009)
  • Current President of Passé Club, organization consisting of all former Insurance Commissioners/Directors in the United States
  • Former member of the Board of Trustees for Mississippi College
  • Honorary Doctorate of Law from Mississippi College
  • Mississippi State University Insurance Hall of Fame
  • Serves on the Advisory Board for the Mississippi State School of Insurance and Risk Management
  • Recipient of "JH Johnston Award" by Mississippi Independent Agents Association

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