January 29, 2020

Insurance Commissioner Mulready Announces New Chief of Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY –Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready has named Brian Downs to serve as Chief of Staff for the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID). A native Oklahoman, Downs currently serves as the State Health Information Exchange Director and Special Assistant to the Governor’s Front Porch Initiative.


“Brian’s leadership experience, professionalism and his tireless commitment to Oklahoma citizens make him a perfect fit for this position,” Mulready said. “He has built a level of trust and respect with state and national leaders on both sides of the aisle. I am confident that his leadership will maintain the positive momentum as we continue to move forward with our team’s vision of becoming a Top 10 insurance department.”


Downs previously served as Chief of Staff for Speaker Jeff Hickman in the Oklahoma House Representatives and Chief of Staff and Director of State and Federal Policy at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.


“Commissioner Mulready continually challenges the Department staff to strive for their best as they serve the public. He’s not afraid of changes and he’s dedicated to making OID a Top 10 insurance department. Following his example, I will champion Commissioner Mulready’s vision and do my best to serve Oklahomans in this role,” Downs said.


Downs will begin his new role on January 30th, 2020.


If you have questions about other insurance issues, contact the Oklahoma Insurance Department at 1-800-522-0071 or visit our website at

About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.


For more information, contact:
Liz Heigle