Yaworsky Nominated for Insurance Commissioner
Governor Ron DeSantis has nominated Mike Yaworsky as Commissioner of the Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). Yaworsky’s name might be familiar to those who follow insurance regulation in Florida— he previously served as Chief of Staff of OIR under former commissioner David Altmaier before leaving for his current position as Vice Chair of the Florida Gaming Control Commission.
The Governor announced that Yaworsky will serve as interim Commissioner until his nomination is brought before the Financial Services Commission (FSC) for final approval. Florida law provides that designating an Insurance Commissioner is a function of the FSC, which is comprised of the Governor, Chief Financial Officer, Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture. The appointment is made by a majority vote of the FSC with the further condition that both the Governor and Chief Financial Officer must be part of the majority.
FSC meetings typically take place as part of regularly scheduled meetings of the Governor and Cabinet. The next meeting is scheduled for March 21.
Prior to serving as Vice Chairman of the Florida Gaming Control Commission and as OIR’s Chief of Staff, Yaworsky held other positions in Florida and Georgia government including Chief of Staff at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Legal Counsel to the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner and Counsel to the Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore.