Released: February 16, 2006
Jim Donelon became Louisiana's Commissioner of Insurance today following the retirement
of Robert Wooley. Donelon previously served as the Department's Executive Counsel
and Chief Deputy Commissioner.
"I am honored to serve as Commissioner of Insurance and I am committed to protecting
our consumers and keeping the dialogue going with insurance companies to let them
know Louisiana is a great place to do business," Donelon said.
Former Commissioner Wooley, who attended Donelon's swearing-in ceremony this morning,
said he chose Donelon to be his Chief Deputy in 2001 because of his impeccable reputation
and his extensive knowledge of insurance. "Jim was the only guy I knew who could
help me restore the credibility and integrity of an office embarrassed because the
three previous Insurance Commissioners had gone to jail," Wooley said. "He is a
consumer advocate who does the right thing for the right reasons, and he knows insurance
inside and out. I believe he is the most qualified Commissioner of Insurance to
ever assume the position," Wooley added.
The 61-year-old Donelon is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of the University
of New Orleans and the Loyola School of Law. Donelon retired as the State Judge
Advocate of the Louisiana National Guard with the rank of Colonel following 33 years
of military service.
Donelon is a former chairman of the Jefferson Parish Council and served in the Louisiana
House of Representatives from 1982 until 2001, when he resigned his post to become
Wooley's Chief Deputy Commissioner of Insurance. While in the Legislature, Donelon
was chairman of the House Committee on Insurance and co-chairman of the Republican