Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to lead the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance in January 2011.
Before being named to lead the department, she practiced as Counsel to the Insurance practice group of law firm Burr & Forman LLP. She also served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Office of Insurance (KOI). Before her appointment as Executive Director, McPeak spent nine years as an attorney for KOI, the final five as general counsel. She also served as general counsel to the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet.
McPeak , who brings more than 20 years of legal and administrative experience in state government, is the first woman to serve as chief insurance regulator in more than one state.
Her leadership as TDCI Commissioner garnered recognition from Business Insurance Magazine which honored her as one of the 2013 Women to Watch.
In December 2016, McPeak was elected President-Elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The NAIC is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. An active NAIC participant for nearly 20 years, McPeak has served on the NAIC’s Executive Committee since 2013. She was elected in November 2015 as NAIC Secretary-Treasurer and elected NAIC Vice President in February 2016.
In addition to her leadership duties with the NAIC, McPeak is also an Executive Committee member of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS.) In June 2016, she was elected by her fellow IAIS members to serve as vice chair of the group’s Executive Committee. She also serves as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI).
McPeak served as co-counsel for the Kentucky Association of Health Plans v. Miller, a case heard before the Supreme Court of the United States, regarding ERISA preemption and state “Any Willing Provider” statutes. McPeak is a frequent author and lecturer on insurance issues, having addressed members of the American Council of Life Insurers, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, the National Alliance of Life Companies and the Million Dollar Roundtable. McPeak authored chapter 9: “Licensing of Insurers” for New Appleman on Insurance, Library Edition and co-authored the article, "The Future of State Insurance Regulation: Can it Survive?" featured in Risk and Management Insurance Review.
McPeak is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, and the Nashville Bar Association. She has been a member of the American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice section, where she served as Vice-Chair of the Insurance Regulation Committee and a member of the Federal Involvement in Insurance Regulatory Modernization Task Force. McPeak has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Insurance Producer Registry.
McPeak received her J.D. from the University of Louisville, School of Law in 1994. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she received her B.B.A., With Distinction, in Marketing.