Ken Selzer, a former insurance industry executive and Certified Public Accountant, took the oath of office Monday as the 25th elected official to lead the Kansas Insurance Department (KID).
Commissioner Selzer, a Republican from Leawood, KS, succeeds Sandy Praeger, who retired from office. He was elected in November 2014 for a four-year term as the Kansas insurance regulator.
Selzer, 61, ran on a platform of creating a more robust insurance market in the state, as well as strengthening the KID consumer and anti-fraud divisions.
“I look forward to serving the people of Kansas as Insurance Commissioner,” Selzer said. “I urge any Kansan with an insurance question or concern to reach out to KID through our consumer hotline, (800) 432-2484.”
The new Commissioner’s biography is below.
Ken Selzer, CPA, was elected as the Kansas Insurance Commissioner in 2014 and began serving in that position on January 12, 2015. He previously worked in the reinsurance industry for more than 30 years, most recently as an Executive Managing Director for a worldwide brokerage and insurance services firm.
In addition to his credentials as a Certified Public Accountant, Ken has earned a number of professional designations, including Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), and Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI).
Ken is active in many professional, community, and charitable organizations. He is currently President of the Rotary Club of Leawood, Chairman of the Kansas Society of CPAs Educational Foundation, and Past President and current Board Member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Heart of America Chapter.
He previously served as a Fairway, KS, City Councilman and City Council President.
Ken graduated with honors with a B.S. in Accounting from Kansas State University. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
A fourth generation Kansan, Ken grew up in McPherson and Marion Counties in central Kansas. He has been married for 34 years to his wife, Deb, from rural Miami County, KS. They have two daughters, Mallory and Mackenzie.
Ken and his wife provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors in the Goessel Unified School District No. 411 in Marion County, and also support scholarship programs at Kansas State. They have developed and support innovative teaching recognition programs in several school districts.