MUSKOGEE — State Insurance Commissioner John Doak (R-Tulsa) announced today that he will ask voters to return him to office for a second term in 2014.
“Oklahomans deserve an Insurance Commissioner who is looking out for them, preserving free and fair competition in insurance markets and promoting the conservative, fiscally responsible policies in government that create a stronger economy and stronger state. I am proud of the work we’ve done in each of these areas over the last 3 years, and, with the people’s support, we’ll continue to build on this progress,” Doak said.
As Commissioner, Doak has been on the front lines in the fight against ObamaCare both here in Oklahoma and nationally. He has strongly opposed the program’s tax increases, federal mandates and abuse of religious freedoms. He has been sought by organizations across the country to make the conservative case against Obamacare and to highlight Oklahoma’s conservative policies.
Commissioner Doak has also demonstrated his commitment to fiscal responsibility while in office. Thanks to prudent budgeting and efficient operations over the last three years, the Insurance Department has returned approximately $17 million to the state Treasury that the Legislature had previously authorized the Department to spend.
During his tenure, Oklahoma has also established catastrophe response teams that help citizens and communities in times of natural disasters.
For example, the Insurance Department helped process approximately 100,000 insurance claims related to the 2013 tornadoes. Commissioner Doak was personally on-site in the disaster areas for weeks. He literally went house to house, standing in tornadoes victims’ front yards, meeting with insurance adjusters and helping people work thru the claims process. One national insurance company executive commented that he had never been personally contacted by a state insurance commissioner about a particular claim like he was by Commissioner Doak in similar circumstances.
Under Doak’s watch, Oklahoma has become a national model for providing assistance and processing disaster related claims. Insurance Commissioners from across the country have come here to learn about the Insurance Department’s nation leading best practices.
Commissioner Doak’s re-election announcement was made in Muskogee. His trip there marked the conclusion of his annual tour of all 77 Oklahoma counties.
“During my first campaign, I promised to be a Commissioner for all Oklahomans. Part of this pledge was my commitment to personally visit every county in the state each year, meet local people and listen to their concerns. I have kept this pledge during my first three years and will continue to do so as long as I am in office,” Doak said.
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Doak, his wife, Debby, and their two children live in Tulsa.