Adam Hamm was appointed Insurance Commissioner by Governor John Hoeven in October 2007 and was elected to a four-year term in November 2008. Hamm has a strong and varied background that includes experience both in public service and in the private sector.
Hamm’s dedication and desire to serve the public was in part born out of his experiences at the Cass County State’s Attorney’s office. Hamm prosecuted personal crimes, including murder, rape, robbery, assault, and child physical and sexual abuse. Seeking justice for victims and their families gave Hamm a special appreciation for public service and a keen insight into what it takes to protect the public.
Among the cases he handled during his time as a prosecutor was the prosecution of Kyle Bell for the murder of Jeanna North, an 11-year-old Fargo girl. This case ultimately resulted in a life sentence for Bell, but just as importantly, prompted the enactment of tougher laws against sex offenders in North Dakota.
Hamm has also worked as an attorney in private practice advocating for North Dakota businesses and individuals. He specialized in a number of areas, including commercial litigation, administrative agency law and transportation law.
Hamm, 39, is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and received his Juris Doctorate Degree, with Distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1998. He is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, and is also a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Violent and Sexual Offenders.
Hamm is also very active in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Hamm is one of four officers of the NAIC, currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer. Hamm is also Chair of the Life Insurance and Annuities (A) Committee, Chair of the Principles Based Reserving Working Group and a member of the Executive Committee and Audit Committee. Hamm’s NAIC-related work ensures that North Dakota has a national voice in insurance regulation.
A native of Jamestown, N.D., Commissioner Hamm lived and worked in the Fargo area since 1998 before relocating to Bismarck in 2007 with his wife, Michelle, and children, Wyatt (13) and Halle (10).
North Dakota Insurance Department
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Bismarck, ND 58505-0320