Vicksburg resident Mike Chaney is Mississippi’s Commissioner of Insurance. Prior to his election, Chaney served in the Mississippi House of Representatives and the Mississippi Senate.
Chaney has promoted building codes and spearheaded a wind mitigation program for the Mississippi Gulf Coast region to strengthen homes against hurricane-force winds and help homeowners realize discounts on their wind insurance premiums.
The Mississippi Insurance Department has an ongoing effort to digitize paper files and rework the Department’s website to be more consumer-friendly. Statutes were also amended to allow for two-year licensing of agents in the state, saving the department money and provide uniformity for the agents.
Chaney has worked to stabilize the state’s wind pool (the insurer of last resort for some homeowners); lengthen the amount of time the Department has in responding to rate filings; and secure insurance for volunteer firefighters. He assisted with the passage of legislation to protect victims of domestic violence from discrimination by health insurance companies. Chaney also serves as chair of the NAIC Property and Casualty Insurance (C) Committee.
Chaney is a businessman with a strong background in energy and agriculture and a strong advocate for consumers. He was a pioneer in workers’ compensation reform in Mississippi. He has served on numerous community development entities, including serving as president of the Vicksburg/Warren County Chamber of Commerce and president of the Vicksburg/Warren County Economic Development Committee. He is also a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow. He is a past president of the Republican Elected Officials of Mississippi and serves on the state Republican Executive Committee.
Chaney is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and finance and holds a theology certificate from the University of the South. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.
Chaney is married to Mary Thurmond Chaney. They have three children and eight grandchildren.