Incumbent Republican John King was leading Democratic challenger Janice Lawes Robinson in the Georgia Insurance Commission election as of Wednesday morning, as 97% of districts and counties reported. According to the Secretary of State’s results, King voted for Robinson 54% to 46%.
King was appointed to the role in 2019 by Gov. Brian Kemp after the previous commissioner was indicted and later convicted of fraud. He defeated Patrick Witt in May’s Republican primary.
Former police chief King said he would work to restore Georgians’ trust in the police after the scandal that struck two former police chiefs.
Robinson is an insurance broker and was within a few percent before being elected the state’s first black and first female commissioner in 2018. Robinson has spent most of her career in her insurance business, part of which has been her State Farm, Nationwide and MetLife. Since 2014 she manages her own insurance agency.
King was appointed commissioner after Jim Beck was forced to resign in 2019. It was just a few months after he took office. convicted He was indicted on fraud and money laundering charges after he embezzled about $3 million from a last resort homeowners insurance company he controlled.
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