Allen W. Kerr was appointed Arkansas’s 23rd Insurance Commissioner on January 13, 2015, by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Prior to his appointment, Kerr served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives, distinguishing himself as a leader and friend of hardworking Arkansas taxpayers.
A member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, he is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee. He serves as a member of the Market Actions (D) Working Group and member of the Board of Directors of the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR).
Since becoming Commissioner, Kerr has focused on running the Department in a manner that honors its charge to protect Arkansas Consumers through efficient and equitable enforcement of insurance regulations.
Kerr has significantly reduced Department staff during his tenure through June 30, 2019. When he took over as Commissioner in 2015, there were 192 AID employees. At the end of FY2019, AID’s staff totals 157 employees with a resulting salary savings of $860,017.
At the same time under Commissioner Kerr, the Department has:
- Increased premium volume $2.93 billion to $15.2 billion;
- Increased collections from $233 million to over $310 million;
- Added over 50,000 new licensed producers and adjusters;
- Added 3,300 new licensed businesses; and
- Granted 100 new Certificates of Authority to insurance companies to do business in Arkansas.
In the Arkansas General Assembly, Kerr served as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs, and served on a variety of other committees, subcommittees, and task forces including the State and Public Schools’ Life and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task Force. Kerr also served as Vice Chairman of the House Insurance and Commerce Committee.
Kerr brings to his position over three decades of experience in insurance and financial services. He opened the Allen Kerr Insurance Agency in March of 1981 and, by its first year of business, was ranked as number one in production in a district of 40 established agencies.
In 2013 the agency was purchased by Delta Trust and Bank which was later purchased by Simmons Bank, becoming the Simmons First Insurance of which Kerr served as President. Kerr has been the recipient of many industry awards, including being a four-time member of the Million Dollar Round Table for life insurance production. He was also named “Best Insurance Agent” by Soirée Magazine in Little Rock for 2012 and 2013.
A former Justice of the Peace for Pulaski County, Kerr served as the Budget Chair for the Pulaski County Quorum Court. Kerr and his wife, Marliese, make their home in Little Rock and are the proud parents of four children and grandparents to five.