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Wisconsin

Nathan Houdek

Commissioner

Midwest Zone

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Nathan Houdek has served as Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin since his appointment by Governor Tony Evers in January 2022. He previously served as Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for three years under former Commissioner Mark Afable.

Commissioner Houdek serves as the state's chief regulator of insurance and oversees the operations of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. He is also chair of the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund Board of Governors and a member of the Wisconsin Retirement Board and the Wisconsin Insurance Security Fund (the state’s guaranty fund) Board of Directors.

As a member of the NAIC, Commissioner Houdek currently serves as vice chair of the Financial Condition (E) Committee, chair of the Accelerated Underwriting (A) Working Group and the Health Innovations (B) Working Group, vice chair of the Financial Stability (E) Task Force, and as a member of the Life Insurance and Annuities (A) Committee and various task forces and working groups. He is also vice chair of the Governance Committee of the Interstate Insurance Compact Commission. 

Having spent over 20 years working in state legislative and regulatory affairs, Commissioner Houdek has extensive experience finding solutions to complex public policy and regulatory challenges across all lines of insurance. He has held several senior-level roles in the public and private sectors, including serving as a principal at one of Wisconsin's largest public affairs and business consulting firms and as chief of staff to a former minority leader in the Wisconsin State Senate.

Commissioner Houdek grew up in northern Wisconsin and earned his BA and MBA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is actively involved with the Madison Public Library Foundation.

Office Information
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Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
P.O. Box 7873
Madison, WI 53707-7873
United States

Mailing Address for Agent Licensing

Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
P.O. Box 7872
Madison, WI 53707-7872
United States

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  • Department

    Category

    Contact

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    Email

  • Wisconsin

    Vacant

  • Wisconsin

    Vacant
    Deputy Commissioner

  • Wisconsin

    Jesse Patchak
    Director, Office of Operational Management

    (608) 267-5198

    jesse.patchak@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Kristina Thole
    Director, Office of Administrative Services

    (608) 261-8566

    kristina.thole@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Agent Licensing

    Melody Esquivel
    Insurance Program Manager, Agent Licensing Section

    (608) 267-8132

    melody.esquivel@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Annual Statement and Company Licensing

    Mary Sue Gilardi
    Records Management Supervisor

    (608) 266-0091

    marysue.gilardi@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Consumer Complaints and Inquiries

    Christina Keeley
    Chief, Consumer Affairs Section

    (608) 267-3868

    christina.keeley@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Consumer Counseling Program for Seniors

    Vicki Buchholz
    Medigap Coordinator

    (608) 246-7016

    boaltc@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Continuing Education

    Melody Esquivel
    Insurance Program Manager, Agent Licensing Section

    (608) 267-8132

    melody.esquivel@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Department Counsel

    Lauren Van Buren
    Chief Legal Counsel

    (608) 261-8283

    lauren.vanburen@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Deposits

    Mary Sue Gilardi
    Records Management Supervisor

    (608) 266-0091

    marysue.gilardi@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Examinations - Agent

    Melody Esquivel
    Insurance Program Manager, Agent Licensing Section

    (608) 267-8132

    melody.esquivel@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Examinations - Financial

    Karl Albert
    Chief, Section IV, Division of Financial Regulation

  • Wisconsin

    Examinations - Financial

    Kristin Forsberg
    Chief, Section I, Division of Financial Regulation

    (608) 266-9896

    kristin.forsberg@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Examinations - Financial

    Aaron Kenseth
    Chief, Section II, Division of Financial Regulation

    (608) 267-4385

    aaron.kenseth@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Examinations - Financial

    Amy J. Malm
    Administrator, Division of Financial Regulation

    (608) 261-8562

    amy.malm@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Examinations - Financial

    Elena Vetrina
    Chief, Section III, Division of Financial Regulation

    (608) 266-0105

    elena.vetrina@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Examinations - Market Conduct

    Rebecca Rebholz
    Administrator, Division of Market Regulation & Enforcement

    (608) 264-8111

    rebecca.rebholz@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Fees - Agents

    Melody Esquivel
    Insurance Program Manager, Agent Licensing Section

    (608) 267-8132

    melody.esquivel@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Fees - Companies

    Suzanne Vinmans
    License Permit Program Associate, Support Section

    (608) 266-9891

    suzanne.vinmans@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Health and Life Insurance

    Christina Keeley
    Chief, Consumer Affairs Section

    (608) 267-3868

    christina.keeley@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Information Services

    Jane Frankiewicz
    IT Director, Information Services Section

    (608) 266-7392

    janef.frankiewicz@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    InsurTech

    Nathan Houdek
    Commissioner

    (608) 266-2493

    nathan.houdek@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Life Insurance

    Christina Keeley
    Chief, Consumer Affairs Section

    (608) 267-3868

    christina.keeley@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Market Analysis

    Darcy Paskey
    Chief, Market Analysis Section

    (608) 264-6234

    darcy.paskey@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Media Relations/Public Information

    Sarah Smith
    Director of Public Affairs

    (608) 267-9460

    sarah.smith2@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    NAIC Liaison

    Jill Kelly
    Executive Staff Assistant

    (608) 267-1233

    jillm.kelly@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    NAIC Liaison

    Sarah Smith
    Director of Public Affairs

    (608) 267-9460

    sarah.smith2@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Premium Tax

    John Litweiler
    Chief, Division of Financial Regulation

    (608) 267-4390

    john.litweiler@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Property & Casualty - Commercial Lines

    Christina Keeley
    Chief, Consumer Affairs Section

    (608) 267-3868

    christina.keeley@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Property & Casualty - Personal Lines

    Christina Keeley
    Chief, Consumer Affairs Section

    (608) 267-3868

    christina.keeley@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    State Life Insurance Fund

    Sarah Wehnes
    Insurance Program Manager

    (608) 267-4392

    sarah.wehnes@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Statistical Reporting

    Christina Keeley
    Chief, Consumer Affairs Section

    (608) 267-3868

    christina.keeley@wisconsin.gov

  • Wisconsin

    Training Opportunities

    Kendra Lazzeroni
    Training Coordinator, Office of Administrative Services

    (608) 261-8282

    kendram.lazzeroni@wisconsin.gov

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