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Low Takes Over as Insurance Chief

September 19, 2000|Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Insurance Commissioner Harry Low took the oath of office Monday, promising to restore public trust in the position his predecessor left under threat of impeachment.

Gov. Gray Davis appointed Low, a retired appeals court judge, to head the Insurance Department after Chuck Quackenbush resigned this summer.

Quackenbush, an elected Republican who is under investigation by two legislative committees, was accused of using at least $6 million from insurer settlements on TV ads and other spending to benefit himself politically.

Low will serve the remaining two years of Quackenbush's second, four-year term. He has said he has not ruled out running for the office in 2002.

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