Michael Farley joined the executive staff of the Ohio Department of Insurance in January 2011 as Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs. Farley leads the legislative program, regularly interfacing with the Ohio General Assembly, Congress, other government agencies, and other stakeholders. He also manages the rule making process for the Department and coordinates interaction before the Joint Committee on Agency Rule and Review (JCARR).
Since joining the Department, Farley has successfully led efforts to pass legislation modernizing surplus and excess lines insurance regulation and taxation in Ohio; improving regulation of fraternal benefit societies through promotion of solvency measures and other consumer protection mechanisms. The fraternal benefit society legislation is the first such comprehensive measure in the nation.
Previously, Farley spent four years as the Director of Government and External Relations for the American Red Cross, representing the organization before Ohio government and the state’s Congressional delegation, and other nonprofit organizations. He developed and oversaw the Ohio Disaster Readiness Project, which increased human resource capacity for disaster planning and response for the Red Cross in Ohio. Farley has also served as a Legislative Liaison for former Governor Bob Taft, overseeing legislative activity for many state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Insurance. He assisted in passage of major policy initiatives such as civil justice reform and education reform.
Farley has also served as Director of Public Affairs for the Ohio Kentucky Concrete Construction Association as well as a Legislative Aide to former state Representative David R. Evans, a former member of the Ohio House Insurance Committee, and former member of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, Vice-Chair of the Property and Casualty Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL). Farley was the Northeast Ohio Field Representative for the Ohio Republican Party in the 1999 to 2000 election cycle.
Farley previously was an adjunct professor at Otterbein College (now Otterbein University) teaching public administration and political leadership. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Akron and his Master of Public Administration from Ohio University. Farley is currently pursuing his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.