Photo courtesy Janice Laws Robinson
Janice Laws Robinson will be on the ballot for the June 21 runoff for the Georgia insurance commissioner.
Coweta resident Janice Laws Robinson is a step closer to becoming the next Georgia Insurance Commissioner.
To be on the ballot in November, Robinson must defeat Democrat Raphael Baker in a runoff election on June 21.
Robinson received 48.7 percent of the vote in the May 24 primary, while Baker received 33.1 percent. To declare victory, a candidate must have at least 50 percent of the vote.
Robinson is optimistic about her ability to defeat Baker and said the current economic climate makes the race even more important.
“I am urging everyone to come out and vote,” she said. “ With rising inflation and auto insurance rates skyrocketing in Georgia, this election is a critical one.”
As insurance commissioner, Robinson said her top priority is addressing skyrocketing auto and home insurance rates, along with access to quality affordable health care and holding insurance companies accountable.
Robinson has lived in Georgia for nearly 20 years and has made Newnan her home for the last 16 years. She has been in the insurance industry, having run her own agency, for nearly 20 years.
Robinson, a native of Jamaica, migrated as a teenager to the U.S. with her family to pursue the American dream. She attended Monroe College in New York and studied business administration at Shorter University College of Adult and Professional Studies.
Robinson said she decided to run for several reasons, one being her experience in the industry and listening to her clients.
“I care about my clients and the families I have served over the years,” Robinson said. “An overwhelming number of citizens have asked me to run again for this position. In 2018, over 1.8 million Georgia citizens voted for me to be their insurance commissioner. We need real change to bring integrity back to the office.”
Robinson said she still stands on her three main focus areas — affordability, access and accountability.
“I am committed to bringing about real change with regards to auto insurance rates, access to quality insurance and holding insurance companies accountable,” Robinson said. “I’ve seen what’s broken in the insurance industry, and I’m willing to work alongside Georgia families to fix it. I’m ready to fight for Georgia families.”
The insurance commissioner is responsible for regulating the state’s insurance industry and ensuring fire safety in the state. The commissioner is elected to four-year terms in federal midterm election years.
Candidates must have been a citizen of the U.S. for 10 years, a legal resident of Georgia for four years and be at least 25 years old.
In a previous NTH article, it was reported that if elected, Robinson could make history as the first woman and African American in that position, according to a spokesperson with the Georgia commissioner’s office.
If Robinson wins the runoff, she will face Republican incumbent John King, who was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp in 2019 after former commissioner Jim Beck was indicted on 37 counts of wire and mail fraud, money laundering and tax fraud.
Last year, Beck was sentenced to seven years, three months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.