Eric Dunning

Governor Pete Ricketts announced April 2 that Eric Dunning, formerly the director of Government Affairs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has been named as the next leader of the Nebraska Department of Insurance. Eric is the husband of Toba Cohen-Dunning and they are the parents of Eleanor and Teddy. He is the past-president of the Jewish Press Board of Directors, a past member of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Board of Directors and a member of Beth Israel.

Eric Dunning has more than 15 years of experience as an attorney for NDOI, having advised agency leadership on legal matters pertaining to insurance regulation from 1998 to 2013. Dunning started his professional career as an attorney for the Colorado General Assembly.

“Eric is a highly respected leader in our state’s insurance industry with impressive legal, public policy, and private sector experience,” said Gov. Ricketts. “Having previously spent over a decade-and-a-half with the department, he has the knowledge to hit the ground running as director. Under Eric’s leadership, Nebraska’s regulatory climate for insurers will continue to be a model for states across the nation.”

“I’m excited to return to the Nebraska Department of Insurance to build on the legacy of outgoing director Bruce Ramge,” said Dunning. “I’m a fifth-generation Nebraskan with over 22 years of experience working in Nebraska’s insurance sector. Over the years, I’ve developed strong relationships within the industry and gained a thorough knowledge of state and federal insurance statutes. I’m grateful to Governor Ricketts for this opportunity to give vision and insight to the Department of Insurance so that we can continue to grow Nebraska.”

Dunning’s first day as Nebraska Director of Insurance will be April 19, 2021. Sources: and the Lincoln Journal Star.