State Insurance Commissioner
Leonardi served as the insurance commissioner during the post-financial crisis when the federal government enacted two ambitious pieces of legislation - the Dodd-Frank Act and the Affordable Care Act. During his term, he has provided legal, actuarial and technical assistance for the
On a national level, Leonardi was the only insurance commissioner invited by
"With the adoption of health care laws, a lot of our consumers needed clarity about what was covered and what wasn't," Leonardi said. "We were able to provide wellness care for women and children and get people insured who were uninsured."
Leonardi spent decades as an investment banker, venture capitalist and insurance company president. A lawyer by training, Leonardi was the chairman and CEO of
At age 56, Leonardi went into what he calls "semiretirement." He sold his home in
He and his wife later moved to
"I spent my entire career in the private sector, but I thought I could use my insurance knowledge as a
Leonardi dealt with national, state and international issues. But after serving for three years, he said he's ready to transition back to a corporate environment where he had established his roots in the private sector.
"Over the next five years, (it will) continue to see growth and provide access to insurance," Leonardi said. "The (insurance) department is a tremendous group of dedicated and experienced professionals. The governor has shown commitment to this department and industry."