Lawrence, Kansas , United States
|| October 21, 1944
Sep 18, 2018 02:31pm
|Info||Commissioner Sandy Praeger was elected as Kansas' 24th Commissioner of Insurance on November 2, 2002 and began serving in the position on January 13, 2003. |
Currently, she serves as Vice-President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). An active member in NAIC, Praeger is also a member of the EX-1 Subcommitee for Internal Administration, Chair of the Audit Committee, Vice-chair of the Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee and member of the Life Insurance and Annuities Committee. She previously served as Vice-chair for the NAIC Midwestern Zone.
She was elected previously to the Kansas Senate in 1992, 1996 and 2000, and before that served one term in the Kansas House of Representatives.
AARP and Kansas Wildlife Federation all have recognized Commissioner Praeger as their “legislator of the year” for her work on issues important to their organizations.
A resident of Lawrence, Kansas, she served as mayor of Lawrence from 1986-87, and she served on the Lawrence City Commission from 1985-89.
Her community involvement includes the United Way of Douglas County Board of Directors, and she is a founding member of three local boards: Health Care Access (a clinic for the medically indigent), the Haskell Indian Nations University Foundation, and C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization dedicated to helping children who come under the jurisdiction of the court.
Commissioner Praeger is a graduate of the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence with her husband, Dr. Mark Praeger, where she is active in several community organizations. They have two children, Gretchen and son-in-law Erik; a son J.D. and daughter-in-law, Sevrin; a grandson, Jakson and a granddaughter Ava Margaret.