Allen W. Kerr was appointed Arkansas’ 23rd Insurance Commissioner on January 13, 2015, by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Prior to his appointment, Kerr served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives, distinguishing himself as a leader and friend of Arkansas taxpayers.
In the Arkansas General Assembly, Kerr served as chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs. He also served on a variety of other committees, subcommittees and task forces, including the State and Public Schools’ Life and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task Force. During the 88th General Assembly, Kerr served as vice chairman of the House Insurance and Commerce Committee.
Kerr brings to his position more than three decades of experience in insurance and financial services. He opened the Allen Kerr Insurance Agency in March 1981, and by its first year of business, it was ranked No. 1 in production in a district of 40 established agencies.
In 2013, the agency was purchased by Delta Trust and Bank, which was later purchased by Simmons Bank, becoming Simmons First Insurance, of which Kerr served as president. Kerr has been the recipient of many industry awards, including being a four-time member of the Million Dollar Round Table for life insurance production. He was also named “Best Insurance Agent” by Soirée magazine in 2012 and 2013.
A former Justice of the Peace for Pulaski County, Kerr also served as the budget chair for the Pulaski County Quorum Court. Kerr and his wife, Marliese, make their home in Little Rock and are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of five grandchildren.