Chair, IAIS Supervisory Forum
Insurance Commissioner, North Dakota
Jon Godfread was elected North Dakota’s 22nd Insurance Commissioner in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. In service to the citizens of North Dakota, Godfread has prioritized consumer advocacy, ensuring North Dakotans are better aware of the services offered by the North Dakota Insurance Department beyond industry regulation. He has also worked to restructure the Insurance Department for efficient and effective use of tax-payer dollars, along with better utilization of staff talents. On a national level, Godfread has been an active voice in discussions about insurance regulations including the use of technology, air ambulance service, and health care reinsurance.
Godfread serves as the Vice President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). In 2022, Godfread was selected as a Rodel Fellow by the Rodel Institute and joins elected officials from across the country to discuss values, democratic principles, and public policy. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Godfread was most recently Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Greater North Dakota Chamber in Bismarck. His background also includes banking and professional athletics. He has held prominent roles in discussions around the Affordable Care Act (ACA), across-the-board tax reductions for North Dakotans, the creation of the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Fund, K–12 education efforts, and more.
Godfread earned a law degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Dakota in 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business with honors from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005.