Vantage Point – Arkansas Commissioner of Insurance. Allen W. Kerr was appointed Arkansas Insurance Commissioner in 2015, by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Prior to his appointment, Kerr served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives. In the Arkansas General Assembly, Kerr served as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs, and served on a variety of other committees, subcommittees, and task forces including the State and Public Schools, and Life and Health Insurance Program Legislative Task Force. During the 88th General Assembly, Kerr served as Vice Chair of the House Insurance and Commerce Committee. Kerr brings to his position over three decades of experience in insurance and financial services. He opened the Kerr Agency in March of 1981 and, by its first year of business, was ranked as number one in production in a district of 40 established agencies. In 2013 the agency was purchased by Delta Trust and Bank which was later purchased by Simmons Bank, becoming the Simmons First Insurance of which Kerr served as President. Kerr has been the recipient of many industry awards, including being a four-time member of the Million Dollar Round Table for life insurance production. He was also named “Best Insurance Agent” by Soirée magazine in 2012 and 2013. A former Justice of the Peace for Pulaski County, Kerr also served as the Budget Chair for the Pulaski County Quorum Court. Kerr and his wife, Marliese, make their home in Little Rock and are the proud parents of four children and grandparents to five.