Mike Kreidler, Commissioner, Washington

Mike Kreidler


Mike Kreidler is Washington’s eighth insurance commissioner, first elected in 2000 and re-elected to his sixth and final term in 2020. He is the longest-serving insurance commissioner in the country.

A Doctor of Optometry, Mike practiced at the former Group Health Cooperative Health in Olympia for 20 years, and holds a master’s degree in public health. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve after 20 years and served in both the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

As insurance commissioner, Mike has earned a reputation both as a staunch advocate for consumer protection and as a fair and balanced regulator. He is a national leader on issues as diverse as health care reform, consumer protection and climate change.

In recent years, he proposed successful legislation protecting consumers from surprise medical billing, ensuring Washington has the strongest protections in the country and he’s fought to protect reproductive rights, access to health insurance coverage for transgender patients and required that insurers explain premium increases to their policyholders.

A native of Tacoma, WA, Mike has been married to his wife, Lela for more than 50 years and enjoys spending time with his three adult children and three grandchildren.