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NAMIC Presents Legislator of the Year Award to North Dakota Rep. George Keiser

PHOENIX (Oct. 5, 2005) – The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) today announced North Dakota State Rep. George Keiser as the recipient of its 2005 Legislator of the Year Award.

"Rep. Keiser is a fair, balanced, thoughtful statesman whose service is of great benefit to the industry and the citizens of North Dakota," said Roger Schmelzer, Senior Vice President--State and Regulatory Affairs. "Representative Keiser has had enormous impact on the property/casualty insurance industry."

Keiser was honored at the association's annual business meeting today at NAMIC's 110th Annual Convention here. Keiser was presented with a statue of Benjamin Franklin. The award honors Dr. Benjamin Franklin and his commitment to public service. In 1752, Dr. Franklin, with other leading citizens of Philadelphia, founded America’s first successful mutual insurance company, The Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire.

Keiser currently serves as chair of the North Dakota House Industry, Business and Labor Committee. He is also chairman of the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) Property/Casualty Committee, where he played a significant role in crafting several significant proposals including the Model Act Regarding the Use of Credit Information in Personal Insurance.

"Thanks to his sponsorship, North Dakota was the first state to adopt legislation based on the insurance scoring model," said Schmelzer.

To date, 21 states have adopted laws primarily based on the NCOIL model with an additional four states adopting NCOIL-based regulations.

Keiser becomes the second recipient of the award. Last year, the award was presented to Rep. Mike Oxley, R-Ohio, Chairman of the Financial Services Committee.

For further information, contact
Rick Nelson, APR
(317) 875-5250

Posted: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 9:19:08 AM.

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