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Insurance Commissioner John R. Elias

John Elias is the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Insurance Department. He was nominated by Governor Chris T. Sununu and unanimously approved by the New Hampshire Executive Council to serve a five year term beginning June 13th 2018.

Commissioner Elias has more than 15 years of insurance industry experience in the fields of profit and loss, state relations, and strategic projects. He has led compliance, underwriting, product and project teams and served as Vice President at two property and casualty insurance companies.

Elias joined the New Hampshire Insurance Department in 2016 as the Property and Casualty Director and was promoted soon thereafter to Assistant Commissioner. In his two years at the department, he has focused on streamlining processes, strategic planning, goal setting and speed to market initiatives. He has also served on several NAIC committees and task forces and has been involved in the NAIC State Ahead strategic plan. As Commissioner, Elias’s priorities include regulatory modernization, operational efficiency and effectiveness in the pursuit of regulatory value, and the use of data to promote market transparency and to improve regulatory accountability and success in the reduction of public harms.

Commissioner Elias has an M.B.A. and a J.D., and earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science. In addition, he holds a Chartered Insurance Operations Professional designation and a Certificate in Strategic Management of Regulatory Enforcement Agencies. He lives in Henniker, New Hampshire.


New Hampshire Insurance Department | 21 South Fruit Street, Suite 14 | Concord, NH 03301
Phone 603.271.2261 | Fax 603.271.1406 | Consumer Hotline 1.800.852.3416

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