Hudgens won’t run for 3rd term as insurance commissioner

[private]State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Monday he will not run for a third term as commissioner.

“After much thought, prayer, and discussion with my family, I have decided not to seek a third term as Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner,” Hudgens said in a statement released by his office.

“I am immensely grateful for the opportunity that the people of this State have given me to serve in this capacity, but I look forward to retiring from elected office to spend more time with my wife Suzanne, my four kids, and 12 grandchildren,” he said.

In deciding to step down, Hudgens is opening up another statewide office that is sure to attract a host of candidates from both parties.

Hudgens, a Republican, served in the State House and Senate before his election as insurance commissioner in 2010 and his reelection in 2014.

The office regulates the insurance and small loan industries, as well as serving as the state fire marshal.

During his two terms as commissioner, Hudgens made a name for himself by vowing to do whatever was necessary to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Despite Hudgens’ protestations, an insurance exchange was opened for Georgia under the ACA in 2014 and remains in operation, although the future of Obamacare is in doubt as Congressional Republicans consider repeal legislation.

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