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Alfred W. Redmer Jr. was appointed insurance commissioner for the Maryland Insurance Administration for a term of four years in June 2003 by Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. The Maryland agency has approximately 280 employees and an annual budget of $21 million. Prior to this appointment, Commissioner Redmer had served as the House Minority Leader in the Maryland General Assembly, where he had represented the 8th District in Baltimore County. He was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1990. In his legislative role, he was a member of the Subcommittee on Health and of the House Health and Government Operations Committee; participated in the State Advisory Council on Medical Privacy and Confidentiality in 2000; and served on the Task Force to study the Non-Group Health Insurance Market in 1999. As a licensed insurance and stock broker, Mr. Redmer was public relations and marketing specialist for BenefitMall (formerly The Mather Companies), an insurance brokerage firm in Baltimore. He also previously owned Redmer Insurance and Investment Services. Mr. Redmer belongs to the Maryland Association of Health Underwriters and the Maryland Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and also has been very involved in community organizations dedicated to educational, youth, business, environmental and health care issues.