Dana Popish Severinghaus tapped for Illinois Department of Insurance

Dana Popish Severinghaus has been appointed to Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI). Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the appointment on Monday.

Popish Severinghaus previously served as Midwest Regional Counsel for Allstate, a role she has held since 2018. She served as Government Relations Direction at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois from 2012 to 2016. Popish Severinghaus was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services from 2016 to 2018. She graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law with a Juris Doctor in 2010.


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The IDOI regulates the state’s insurance markets. The agency also provides educational material for Illinoisans regarding insurance in the state.

Robert Muriel was appointed as Director in 2019 before leaving the position in December. Shannon Whalen has served as Interim Acting Director since Muriel’s departure.