COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Hackett (R-London) was recently presented the 2016 State Legislator of the Year award by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies for his leadership on various issues affecting insurance public policy.

“I am truly honored and humbled to receive this distinction,” said Hackett. “Strengthening and modernizing Ohio's insurance laws not only benefit the countless small businesses involved in the state's insurance industry but also helps protect Ohioans who rely on their coverage. I would like to thank NAMIC for being a valuable partner in our efforts to make reforms in Ohio and across the country."

Recipients of the award are recognized for their support of free-market principles and for taking strong positions to improve the insurance market in their states.

“Senator Hackett’s leadership on issues affecting insurance public policy is well known and respected throughout the country,” said Charles Chamness, NAMIC’s president and CEO. “He is most deserving of this recognition as his tireless work on so many important pieces of legislation strengthens the insurance market in Ohio to the benefit of both the insurance companies and the policyholders.”

Senator Hackett represents the residents of Clark, Madison and Greene counties. Before his appointment to the Senate, Hackett represented Ohio's 74th House District since 2009, serving as chairman of the House Insurance Committee.

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"Central State University is more than deserving of this recognition," said Senator Hackett. “This distinction reaffirms what we already know to be true, that Central State provides an exceptional education, top-notch athletics, meaningful student involvement opportunities, and has a faculty full of great leaders who are empowering our next generation of leaders."