Doug Dean (born December 31, 1960) is an American politician from the state of Colorado.Dean was born in Story City, Iowa and attended Tennessee Temple University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A Republican, he represented the 18th district representing north Colorado Springs the Colorado House of Representatives from 1994 to 2003, and served as House Majority leader from 1999 to 2001 and Speaker of the House from 2001 to 2003. In 1998, Dean was the House sponsor of Senate Bill 171, which created the Metropolitan Football Stadium District. After approval from the voters of the district, it resulted in the demolition of Mile High Stadium and the construction of a new stadium. It is currently known as Empower Field at Mile High. Dean was a proponent of the state's public charter schools, and in 2001 passed the first bill to fully fund charter schools after a three year battle. Dean was appointed to serve as Colorado Insurance Commissioner from 2003 to 2005 by Governor Bill Owens. He served as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Chairman of the Collaborative Actions Working Group (CAWG) which led multi-state market conduct examinations of insurance companies. He also chaired the Interstate Compact Implementation Task Force. In 2005, Dean led a multi-state investigation of illegal practices of title insurance companies which led to significant reform in the industry.
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