Sandy Praeger was elected Kansas’ 24th Insurance Commissioner in 2002 and began serving in the position January 13, 2003. She was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. She previously served three terms in the Kansas Senate and one term in the Kansas House of Representatives. She also served as mayor of Lawrence, KS, and was on the Lawrence City Commission.
Praeger was president of the NAIC in 2008 and currently serves as chair of the Health Insurance and Managed Care (B) Committee and Antifraud (D) Task Force, and is a member of several other NAIC committees.
She has testified before the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee on “balanced federalism” as it relates to health regulatory issues. She also appeared before the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee expressing concerns about association health plans; before the subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services regarding flood reform; and before the Senate Select Committee on Aging concerning qualifications of insurance advisers.
In 2010, she became a recipient of the prestigious Dr. Nathan B. Davis Award for the second time. This honor is bestowed annually by the American Medical Association to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the public health through elected and career government service.
Praeger is a graduate of the University of Kansas and lives in Lawrence, KS, with her husband, Dr. Mark Praeger. They have two married children and three grandchildren.
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