KS | In a ceremony on the south steps of the state capitol building, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt today took the oath of office to begin her second term.
Re-elected in November to her second four-year term, Commissioner Schmidt received the most votes of any statewide candidate for office.
“I am very honored and humbled that Kansans have again placed their trust in me to serve as Insurance Commissioner,” Schmidt said. “The Kansas Insurance Department remains focused on being an advocate for all Kansans and their insurance matters, and I look forward to building upon the success of the last four years.”
Since taking office in 2019, Commissioner Schmidt has worked to advance the core mission of the office by fairly regulating the insurance industry, educating Kansans about insurance and securities, and advocating on behalf of Kansans. Under her leadership, the Department has returned more than $26 million to Kansas policyholders, including $7.6 million in 2022. Schmidt spearheaded an operational overhaul that lowered the cost of doing business in Kansas for the insurance and securities industries by more than $36.5 million.
Before serving as insurance commissioner, Schmidt spent 14 years in the Kansas Senate, representing Shawnee and Wabaunsee counties. A pharmacist by trade, she chaired the Public Health and Welfare Committee and served 12 years on the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee. Schmidt currently represents Kansas at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, where she serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Midwest Zone.
A native of Wichita, Vicki is married to her high school sweetheart, Mike. They live in Topeka and have two sons and four grandchildren.