Mark Fowler, a Montgomery native, was appointed Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Insurance by Governor Kay Ivey effective January 16, 2023.
Fowler had previously served as Acting Commissioner since July of 2022. As Commissioner, he serves as chief administrator for the Department and leads it in
fulfilling its mission to serve the people of Alabama by regulating the insurance industry, providing consumer protection, promoting market stability,
and enforcing state fire safety standards and laws. In his role as Commissioner of Insurance, he also serves as a member of the Alabama Securities
Commission and supervises the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Additionally, Fowler serves at co-chair of the Alabama Resilience Council, created by Governor
Ivey by Executive Order No. 736. Fowler also participates in a variety of committees, task forces and working groups with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Fowler joined the Insurance Department in February of 2013, previously serving as Deputy Commissioner/Chief of Staff. In that role, his responsibilities
included serving as liaison to the Alabama Legislature and a point-of-contact with the Governor’s staff, other government agencies, and outside entities
such as industry associations and consumer organizations. He also managed the Department’s public outreach and media relations program, general
administration of the Department, special assignments for the Commissioner and served as an administrative liaison between the Commissioner and each
division of the Department. During his tenure as legislative liaison, the Department has been successful in enacting more than 40 bills.
Before joining the Insurance Department, Fowler developed an established career in government and public affairs as well as association management spanning
twenty-eight (28) years at both the state and federal levels. Fowler served seventeen (17) years as an association executive director in Alabama working
with major industries including chemical manufacturing, cable/broadband telecommunications, agribusiness, and others. He has served as a Board Member
and Treasurer of Legacy, Partners in Environmental Education, and a Board Member of the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee. Fowler also worked
approximately five (5) years in the Washington, DC, area, first as a legislative assistant to the late US Senator Howell Heflin and then as a
congressional liaison for Rockwell International, a major defense and aerospace company.
Fowler is an Auburn University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications and holds a Master of Political Science degree from Auburn
University Montgomery. Fowler is Past President of the Auburn University Montgomery Alumni Association. Aside from his professional career, Fowler is the
former host of Gospel Saturday Morning, a weekly gospel music radio program which aired on WMGY Radio (800AM/99.3FM) in Montgomery and streamed on Glory
Bound Radio. Fowler is also a co-host of the Bluegrass Revival Jam, a bluegrass music event in Montgomery. He is married to the former Robin Hackney of
Montgomery. They have one son, John Alex Fowler. They are members of Montgomery’s First Baptist Church.