Governor Gordon appoints A&I Director and Insurance Commissioner

September 19, 2019

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon has announced the appointments of Patricia Bach as Director of the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information (A&I) and Jeff Rude as Commissioner of the Wyoming Insurance Department. Bach and Rude had previously served as Interim Director and Interim Commissioner, respectively.

"Patricia Bach has been an active director and demonstrated her expertise in handling the wide range of duties required of this position," Governor Gordon said. "Jeff Rude has the experience to move us forward on multiple fronts as we work to improve the services provided to the state by the Department of Insurance. They have both shown exceptional capabilities during the interim period."

Bach has worked for the state of Wyoming for 12 years. Prior to being named Interim A&I Director, she spent three years as Human Resources Division Administrator, where her duties included managing the Employees' Group Insurance Program, Compensation and classification for the state. She also spent more than seven years as a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Wyoming Attorney General's office where she handled litigation in personnel, civil rights, and administrative law. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Wyoming.

Rude served as Deputy Insurance Commissioner for the Department of Insurance for five years before being named Interim Commissioner earlier this year. He spent 24 years as an Air Force Judge Advocate and was General Counsel at F.E. Warren AFB for three years before joining the Department of Insurance in 2013. He has a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota.

The Wyoming Insurance Department is responsible for regulating the business of insurance in the state of Wyoming. The Department of A&I provides support to Wyoming government agencies and their employees, as well as Wyoming residents. Its divisions include Budget, Economic Analysis, Human Resources, General Services and the State Library.