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Meet Adam : Adam Hamm, North Dakota Insurance Commissioner

Meet Adam

Adam Hamm was appointed North Dakota Insurance Commissioner by Governor John Hoeven in 2007, and then won election to a four year term on November 4, 2008.

Adam’s roots in North Dakota run very deep. Adam was raised in Jamestown where his dad’s family owned a grocery store business for 75 years (Hamm’s Market) and his mom’s family were farmers and ranchers. Growing up in North Dakota taught Adam first and foremost that we can achieve anything with hard work and a commitment to each other.

After venturing outside of North Dakota for a few years and graduating from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, Adam returned home to attend law school and become a prosecutor. Adam graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1998 and became an Assistant Cass County State’s Attorney.

Adam worked on the personal crimes team from his first day on the job until moving into private practice at the beginning of 2002. The personal crimes team prosecutes, among other things, murder, rape, robbery, and child physical and sexual abuse. Seeking justice for victims and their families gave Adam a special appreciation for public service and a unique insight into what it takes to protect the public.

Among the cases Adam handled during his time as a prosecutor was the prosecution of Kyle Bell for the murder of Jeanna North, an 11-year-old Fargo girl. The case ultimately resulted in a life sentence for Kyle Bell and prompted the enactment of tougher laws against sex offenders in North Dakota.

During his time in private practice from 2002 until becoming North Dakota’s 20th Insurance Commissioner, Adam advocated for North Dakota businesses and individuals and specialized in a number of areas, including commercial and civil litigation.

Adam also served on the Governor’s Task Force on Violent and Sexual Offenders. This task force was formed in 2004 following the brutal murder of Dru Sjodin by Alfonso Rodriquez, Jr. and ultimately resulted in tougher sentencing and monitoring laws for violent offenders.

Adam has also frequently served as a legal expert on television and radio, including providing legal analysis during the murder trials of Alfonso Rodriquez, Jr. and Moe Gibbs. This gave Adam the opportunity to help explain the criminal justice system to North Dakotans and guide them through a trial from jury selection to sentencing.

On a personal note, Adam is married to Michelle Hamm. They live in Bismarck and have two children; Wyatt (14) and Halle (11).


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