Wayne Goodwin, Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal

Wayne Goodwin

Insurance Commissioner & State Fire Marshal

Wayne Goodwin Photograph (Color), (BW)

Wayne Goodwin was elected by the citizens of North Carolina in 2008 as the state’s tenth Insurance Commissioner.

As Insurance Commissioner, Goodwin has been a champion for consumers through fair ratemaking, injury prevention efforts, and close regulation of insurance company solvency and industry practices. Since taking the oath of office, he has redoubled the department’s efforts in fighting insurance fraud and has saved approximately $1 billion for North Carolina’s consumers and businesses.

In addition to his responsibilities as Insurance Commissioner, Goodwin is the State Fire Marshal and plays a vital role in protecting lives and property in North Carolina. The Office of State Fire Marshal is responsible for training fire and rescue personnel, administering the state building code, securing property insurance for state-owned buildings, and reviewing construction plans for state building projects.

Active on a national level with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Goodwin serves as chairman of the Consumers Board of Trustees and the Consumer Connection working group, and is vice chairman of the Association’s Southern Zone of Commissioners.

A native of Hamlet, North Carolina, where his family was active in agriculture, banking and textiles, Goodwin served as the Assistant Insurance Commissioner from 2004 to 2008. In that position, he assisted former long-time Insurance Commissioner Jim Long in increasing the number of fire departments eligible for state grant money, and in fighting out-of-state special interests that tried to increase auto and homeowners insurance rates by stripping away the commissioner’s authority. Goodwin also established a mediation program that is still in use today for consumers disputing insurance compensation settlement offers.

Prior to joining the Department of Insurance, Goodwin served for four consecutive terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives where he represented Richmond, Scotland, Montgomery and Stanly Counties. During his time in the state legislature, he sponsored legislation that led to greater incentives for economic development in rural areas; increases in education spending; improved health care; enhanced public and occupational safety; security, election and campaign finance reforms; and consumer protection. Among many other honors, he received the Leadership in Government Award by Common Cause and the A+ Legislator Award by the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Goodwin is a Morehead Scholar and U.S. Senate/William Randolph Hearst Scholar. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with honors in political science, and received his juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law before practicing law in Richmond County for 13 years.

Goodwin serves as chair of Safe Kids North Carolina and is a member of numerous commissions and boards, including the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies Foundation, and the Methodist Home for Children. He is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club. Goodwin and his wife, Melanie Wade Goodwin — who served three terms in the State House of Representatives from 2005-2010 — are members of Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh and are the proud parents of daughter Madison and son Jackson.