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Lee Appoints New Commerce, Insurance Commissioner

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance

Gov. Bill Lee has appointed a new head of the state's Department of Insurance and Commerce. Lee announced Thursday that he appointed Carter Lawrence to the open position. 

Lawrence currently serves as the agency's chief deputy commissioner and chief operating officer.

The former director, Hodgen Mainda, announced his resignation last month. Mainda had faced an investigation over allegations of sexual misconduct by one of his department's employees, but did not disclose that investigation in his resignation letter.

Lawrence has also served on Tennessee's Economic Recovery Group throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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