Allen W. Kerr was appointed Insurance Commissioner on January 13, 2015, by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. Prior to his appointment, Kerr served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives where he distinguished himself as a leader and friend of Arkansas taxpayers. He was chair of the Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs and 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 was vice-chair of the House Insurance and Commerce Committee.
Kerr brings to his position more than three decades of experience in insurance and financial services. He began the Allen Kerr Insurance Agency in March 1981 and by its first year of business it was ranked as 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 the Simmons First Insurance/Allen Kerr Agency of which Kerr served as president. Kerr has been the recipient of many industry awards including four times as a Million Dollar Round Table member for life insurance production. He was selected “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 attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is a graduate of the Broadway School of Real Estate.Kerr and his wife, Marliese, make their home in Little Rock and are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of five.