His former department is honoring the longest-serving state insurance commissioner of North Carolina History. The ceremony will be led by his longtime opponent in the election.
On Tuesday, the department’s first floor hearing room at the Albemarle Building downtown Raleigh will be dedicated to the late Commissioner Jim Long.
From 1985 to 2009, Long was the commissioner. He served six terms. After leaving his post as commissioner, the former Democratic state House member passed away at 68.
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Current Commissioner Mike Causey will host the dedication ceremony. Causey was defeated by Long in 1992, 1996, and 2000. In 2016, Causey was elected as commissioner.
Causey described Long as a “strong advocate of consumers,” particularly older adults. It was fitting to honor Long since he created many programs and services that are still available within the department.
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Long is known for his red tie. Causey encouraged Tuesday’s guests to wear red in Long’s honor.