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Meet Commissioner Godfread

Jon Godfread was elected North Dakota’s 22nd Insurance Commissioner on November 8, 2016. His background includes leadership efforts within North Dakota’s business community, government affairs, banking and professional athletics. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Jon was vice president of governmental affairs for the Greater North Dakota Chamber with prominent roles in discussions around the 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.

For his work, Jon was honored as the first North Dakotan to be selected for the prestigious American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leaders Conference in 2015, and was recognized by Prairie Business as one its 40 Under 40 in 2014.

Jon earned a law degree and MBA from the University of North Dakota in 2011, and was able to study abroad in Austria under U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and was a member of the North Dakota Law Review. In his final year of study, Jon worked full time for the State Tax Department. From 2005-2007, Jon worked for Alerus Financial in Grand Forks as branch manager and a personal banker. 

Jon earned his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005, and played basketball for the Panthers.  Jon then went on to play professional basketball in Ehingen, Germany.

As a lifelong resident of North Dakota, community service is important to Jon. He serves as a member of the North Dakota Special Olympics board of directors and the Missouri Valley Family YMCA Board of Directors.

Jon and his wife, Amanda, live in Bismarck and have three young children. 

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600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0320
Phone 701.328.2440
Toll free 800.247.0560
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