Ray Farmer was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve as Director for the South Carolina Department of Insurance November 13, 2012. With more than thirty-three years experience, Mr. Farmer received his degree in Insurance from the University of Southern Mississippi and earned his law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
Mr. Farmer served as the Deputy Insurance Commissioner of the Enforcement Division for the Georgia Department of Insurance and more recently Vice President for the American Insurance Association. As a part of his service, Mr. Farmer has served for over thirty years on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Arson Control Program, an organization aiding fire fighters and prosecutors combating arson. Mr. Farmer is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the Tort and Insurance Practice section as well as the Workers’ Compensation section.
In 2012, Ray was awarded the Herman Hass Award by the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia for service to the insurance industry and in 2012 he received a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service to the insurance industry from the Professional Insurance Agents of Georgia. Most recently. Ray was named Industry Person of the Year for 2014 by Independent Agents and Brokers of South Carolina.
Mr. Farmer is a native of Atlanta and he and his wife, Gayle, have two children and five grandchildren.