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About the Commissioner

The more you know about insurance the better you will understand which types of insurance fulfill your needs and the more confident you will feel with your insurance related decisions.

The Offices of the Insurance Commissioner offers a variety of services for both the consumer and the insurance industry to ensure that quality coverage exists throughout the state. Offices of the Insurance Commissioner staff monitor, regulate and license agents as well as agencies and insurance companies. Assistance is also provided for consumers who have problems and questions.

It is essential that a healthy, competitive insurance industry be accessible to all West Virginians. As Insurance Commissioner, my primary goal is to make certain that the insurance industry in West Virginia provides excellent service to consumers. I am also committed to increasing the number of quality insurance companies offering products throughout the state. Contact us today to learn how the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner can help you.


West Virginia Insurance Commissioner
Michael D. Riley, ARM


Michael D. Riley has served as West Virginia Insurance Commissioner since July 1, 2011.  In addition to his responsibilities as Insurance Commissioner, Mr. Riley serves on multiple National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Committees.

As West Virginia Insurance Commissioner, Mr. Riley is responsible for the regulation of the insurance market, as well as the protection of insurance consumers.  Commissioner Riley’s work was instrumental in the transition of the West Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission from a state monopolistic system to a competitive private system.  Commissioner Riley’s responsibilities include the administration of the “Legacy” Workers’ Compensation claims and employer compliance with West Virginia Workers’ Compensation laws. 

Prior to his appointment as West Virginia Insurance Commissioner, Mr. Riley served as the Assistant Commissioner of Regulation.  Mr. Riley has served the West Virginia Offices of the Insurance Commissioner since 2001. 

Mr. Riley earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Marshall University.

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