February 21, 2022
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler released the following statement following the death of his predecessor, Deborah Senn.
“I was deeply sorry to learn of Deborah Senn’s passing. Her dedication to the plight of the unknown consumer transformed the Office of the Insurance Commissioner into ‘the people’s office’. She embraced her role and used it to improve people’s lives and give voice to the unheard of.
His actions have improved health insurance coverage and access, protected innocent insured victims of domestic violence, helped Holocaust survivors recover long-lost insurance policies, and much more. Seeing her channel her authority into such power for good inspired me to run for office over 20 years ago.
In many states, the Department of Insurance is often an unknown resource. Deborah saw her role and the office as a vehicle to uplift and improve people’s everyday lives and she never lost sight of that vision. She was a fighter, a watchdog and a pioneer in consumer protection. I will be forever grateful to him for his leadership and showing me the way.
I hope everyone in Washington takes a moment to appreciate her and what she has done for them.”