For Immediate Release:
October 8, 2019

Insurance Commissioner Announces Chief of Staff and First Deputy Successor


OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready has tapped his Deputy Commissioner of Licensing Services & Policy Counsel, Buddy Combs, to fill the upcoming Chief of Staff and First Deputy Commissioner vacancy. The current Chief of Staff and First Deputy Commissioner, Tyler Laughlin, has accepted a position in the private sector.

“Buddy Combs is a rising star in the insurance world with the talent to ensure consumers remain protected while promoting a vibrant insurance market. He’s a natural choice for this position because he is well-respected within the agency, in the insurance industry, at the state capitol, and by other state insurance regulators,” said Commissioner Mulready.  “Buddy understands our mission, and I look forward to a seamless leadership transition at the Insurance Department.”

A licensed attorney, Combs started with the Insurance Department in 2011, as Assistant General Counsel, and has continually advanced within the ranks of the agency. In addition to supervising the Department’s Licensing Services Division, he is the agency’s point person at the Oklahoma Legislature. He is a member of the Oklahoma Federalist Society, active in serving his church, and lives in Edmond with his wife and two daughters.

“I am honored to serve as the Chief of Staff and First Deputy for Commissioner Mulready. I have seen firsthand his dedication to promoting a free market and ensuring consumers have a voice. I’m committed to serving the people of this great state while working alongside Commissioner Mulready to make sure Oklahomans have robust insurance options,” said Combs.

Combs will move into his new role on October 16.


For more information, contact:

Liz Heigle