Governor Martin O'Malley Announces Therese Goldsmith as Maryland Insurance Commissioner

Governor also announces new Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation Director

Annapolis, MD (May 26, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the appointment of Therese Goldsmith as Maryland Insurance Commissioner.

“I am pleased that Therese has chosen to continue working for the citizens of our State,” said Governor O’Malley. “We are confident that her extensive expertise and commitment to public service will protect the progress we’re making for consumers and effectively regulate Maryland’s insurance industry.”

The Governor continued, “I’d also like to thank Beth Sammis for her service to the people of Maryland as Interim Commissioner.  Beth has played an integral role in preparing the state for federal health care reform implementation.”

In 2009, Governor O’Malley appointed Ms. Goldsmith as Commissioner of the Public Service Commission of Maryland. Her tenure as Insurance Commissioner will be effective on June 13, 2011.

In January 2007, Ms. Goldsmith became a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP, as part of the firm’s white collar litigation practice group concentrating in government investigations, health care fraud and abuse, claims brought by the government or private whistleblowers under the federal and state False Claims Acts, and issues arising under the HIPAA and state privacy laws. She had served as an associate for the same division since 2001. Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, Ms. Goldsmith worked as an associate at Venable, Baetjer and Howard, LLP concentrating in federal and state regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse investigations, provider reimbursement appeals, rate review matters, medical staff peer review proceedings, licensure board disciplinary actions, patient care issues and corporate transactions. 

Prior to obtaining her law degree, Ms. Goldsmith served as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland Pennsylvania. She also served as a Speech-Language Pathologist, a Neurology Team Leader, and a Neurology Program Coordinator at the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.  Ms. Goldsmith also held positions at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC, serving as a Clinical Supervisor for the Speech-Language Pathology Service, Assistant Director of the Speech Language Pathology Service and Director of the Speech Language Pathology Service. 

Ms. Goldsmith received her Juris Doctor and graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Maryland School of Law.  Ms. Goldsmith received her Bachelor of Science, with a dual major in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Psychology, and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University. She was also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in 1999, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 2006, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in 2008. 

The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA), founded as the Maryland Insurance Department in 1872, is an independent State agency located in downtown Baltimore. This agency regulates Maryland's insurance industry and makes certain that insurance companies, health plans and producers (agents and brokers) comply with Maryland insurance law. The MIA also licenses producers and insurance companies, regulates insurance rates, monitors insurer solvency, investigates consumer complaints and travels across the State providing consumers with educational materials on insurance.

Governor O’Malley also announced that Robert E. Young will serve as Director of the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) after the retirement of C. John Sullivan, Jr. Mr. Sullivan has over 47 years of service with the State of Maryland, beginning his career as a court clerk with the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Harford County in 1962 and rising to the position of Director of SDAT in 2003. Mr. Sullivan will be retiring effective June 30, 2011. Mr. Young, a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Yale Law School, has been a principal manager at SDAT for over 30 years, overseeing and managing every major program administered by the agency. He currently serves as Deputy Director. He will begin his new position as Director on July 1, 2011.


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