Adam Hamm was appointed Insurance Commissioner by Governor John Hoeven in October 2007, elected to a four-year term in November 2008 and reelected to a second four-year term in November 2012. Hamm has a strong and varied background that includes experience both in public service and in the private sector.
Hamm's dedication and desire to serve the public was in part born out of his experiences at the Cass County State's Attorney's office. Hamm prosecuted personal crimes, including murder, rape, robbery, assault, and child physical and sexual abuse. Seeking justice for victims and their families gave Hamm a special appreciation for public service and a keen insight into what it takes to protect the public.
Among the cases he handled during his time as a prosecutor was the prosecution of Kyle Bell for the murder of Jeanna North, an 11-year-old Fargo girl. This case ultimately resulted in a life sentence for Bell, but just as importantly, prompted the enactment of tougher laws against sex offenders in North Dakota.
Hamm has also worked as an attorney in private practice advocating for North Dakota businesses and individuals. He specialized in a number of areas, including commercial litigation, administrative agency law and transportation law.
Hamm, 43, is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and received his Juris Doctorate Degree, with Distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1998. He is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, and is also a member of the Governor's Task Force on Violent and Sexual Offenders.
Hamm is also very active in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The NAIC is the association made up of the chief insurance regulators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. These elected and appointed officials -- working together with the centralized resources of the NAIC -- form the national system of state-based insurance regulation in the United States. America's insurance regulators coordinate their activities through the NAIC and work together to develop best practices and set standards for insurance supervision.
Hamm is one of four officers of the NAIC, and was elected by his peers to serve as President of the NAIC for 2014. Additionally, Hamm serves as Chairman of numerous NAIC committees, including the Executive Committee, the Government Relations Leadership Council, the NAIC/State Government Liaison Committee and the International Insurance Relations Leadership Group.
In September 2014, Hamm was appointed by the NAIC to the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC). In this role, Hamm represents the interests of all the nation's state insurance regulators.
FSOC is a fifteen member body comprised of the nation's chief financial regulators, including U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew who chairs the council and Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen. The council was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Protection and Consumer Protection Act in 2010 to monitor the safety and stability of the nation's financial system and coordinate a response to any threats.
Hamm's NAIC and FSOC work ensures that North Dakota has a strong national voice in insurance regulation.
A native of Jamestown, N.D., Commissioner Hamm lived and worked in the Fargo area since 1998 before relocating to Bismarck in 2007 with his wife, Michelle, and children, Wyatt (16) and Halle (13).
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