Mr. Poolman was elected North Dakota Insurance Commissioner in 2000, and reelected in 2004. While Insurance Commissioner, he held the post of Vice President for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners from December 2003 to September 2004. In August of 2007, Mr. Poolman resigned his post in North Dakota to start an independent insurance consulting practice based in Bismarck, North Dakota. Mr. Poolman received his bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of North Dakota in 1992. Mr. Poolman also served four terms in the North Dakota House of Representatives before being elected Insurance Commissioner. Mr. Poolman resides in Bismarck.