Iowa Governor Terry Branstad appointed Nick Gerhart to serve as Insurance Commissioner of the State of Iowa beginning February 1, 2013. Nick serves on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Executive Committee, Chair of Life and Annuity (A) Committee, member of Financial Condition (E) Committee and International (G) Committee. In addition, Nick is a board member of the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR).
Nick was named by the U.S. Treasury in 2014 to serve on the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI) that advises the Federal Insurance Office on domestic and international policy. He has represented the NAIC at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and at the EU-US Dialogue project.
Nick is a recognized thought leader on health care matters and has been at the forefront during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He also led the team that created and hosted the Global Insurance Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, an event that attracts over 400 people from all over the world to discuss emerging issues in insurance. Nick is passionate about educating Iowans on insurance and investment matters and created Iowa Fraud Fighters, a statewide initiative that aims to educate seniors on how to protect themselves and not fall prey to fraudulent investment scams.
Prior to being appointed Insurance Commissioner Nick worked at Sammons Financial Group and American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. Nick is active in the Des Moines Community and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers. He earned his law degree and health law certificate from St. Louis University School of Law, a Masters of Health Administration from St. Louis University School of Public Health and a BA from the University of Northern Iowa. Nick and his wife Jessica reside in Des Moines, Iowa with their three children.