Lee names Lawrence commissioner of Commerce & Insurance Department

Gov. Bill Lee speaks to reporters during budget hearings in Nashville on Nov. 9, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee has promoted Carter Lawrence to commissioner of the Commerce & Insurance. Lawrence, who had served as the department’s chief deputy, succeeds Hodgen Mainda, who resigned following a sexual misconduct investigation. Mainda has denied any wrongdoing.

Lawrence previously served as interim commissioner after former agency head Julie Mix McPeak left for the private sector last year.

Here’s the release from the governor’s office:

NASHVILLE – Today Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Carter Lawrence will serve in his cabinet as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance, effective immediately.

“Carter is a proven public servant who has stewarded key priorities for the administration throughout his tenure and I’m confident he’ll continue to support Tennessee businesses and consumers with integrity,” said Gov. Lee. “We appreciate his dedication to the Department of Commerce & Insurance and look forward to his continued service.”

Lawrence currently serves as Chief Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Commerce & Insurance.

He has also served on Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting Gov. Lee’s efforts to reboot the state’s economy.

A lifelong Tennessean and Nashville native, Lawrence earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior, he graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois.

He currently resides in Nashville with his wife and three children and is a member of Nashville’s Church of the Redeemer.

4 Responses to Lee names Lawrence commissioner of Commerce & Insurance Department

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    Cannoneer2 says:

    I hope he shows up for work more often than McPeak fid.

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    These politicians are PIGS. Why can’t a woman (or man) just be allowed to work and not subject to same sex or any type of sexual advances??

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      As a matter of fact, after Mr. Mainda denied any inappropriate conduct the charges against him were investigated last September and it was found that there was not sufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations against him. To those of us with an affection for due process and the presumption of innocence that should be afforded to any accursed that should end the matter. Those burdened with an authoritarian personality like yourself Beatrice would rather slap labels on people and repeat unsubstantiated charges either not knowing or caring about the facts. To each his/her own.

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