Commissioner of Insurance
Jim Riesberg was appointed Commissioner of Insurance by Gov. John Hickenlooper on June 27, 2011. He joined the Division of Insurance on July 1, 2011 and was confirmed by the Colorado State Senate on May 7, 2012.
Riesberg comes to the Division from the Colorado General Assembly, where he was first elected in 2004 to represent House District 50 (Greeley, Garden City and Evans). At the time of his appointment as Commissioner, Riesberg was the ranking member of the House Health and Environment Committee and a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
Riesberg is a Colorado native who has lived in Greeley for 30 years. He worked for 24 years at various insurance and human resource companies, including Allstate Insurance Co. He spent 16 years in leadership roles with nonprofit organizations specializing in aging, hunger and housing issues. He also taught junior high school for five years.
Riesberg earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in gerontology, both from the University of Northern Colorado. He completed the Graduate Realtor’s Institute and holds numerous certificates and awards for courses in insurance, real estate, sales training and personal development.
Riesberg has earned many honors, including the “Defender of the Patient” award from the Colorado Medical Society and Weld County Medical Society, the “Outstanding Achievement” award from the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association, and the “Legislator of the Year” award from Colorado Bioscience Association. He has been recognized for his legislative contributions on senior issues with awards from the Older Americans Coalition, Alpine Area Agency on Aging and Colorado Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Riesberg also has been praised for his legislative work on mental health and health care issues with recognition from the Colorado Counseling Association, Colorado Community Health Care Network and the American Heart Association.