About Us



Shirley D. Bowler

Shirley D. Bowler is the editor of the Texas Surplus Line Reporter. From 1996-2008, Bowler wrote for the Texas Surplus Line Reporter and was a proofreader for the Surplus Line Reporter newspapers, while serving in the Louisiana legislature as a state representative from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. While in the legislature, Bowler served 14 years on the House Insurance Committee and was active with the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, serving two years as chairman of association’s property and casualty committee.

In 2008, Bowler was appointed deputy commissioner of management and finance for the Louisiana Department of Insurance. She remained with LDI until June 2015, then rejoined the writing and editorial   staff of The Surplus Line Reporter newspapers.

Bowler holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education from the University of New Orleans. She is active in the Baton Rouge community through the local Altrusa International club and through service to St. Agnes Church where she teaches kindergarten religious education.


Andrew C. DeGraw

Andrew C. DeGraw is the business manager for The Surplus Line Reporter newspapers, where he has worked since 1992. He is a past president of the Casualty and Surety Association of Greater New Orleans. He is a co-recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Service award presented by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana. DeGraw holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and MBA, both from the University of New Orleans. Active in his community, DeGraw is the treasurer of the Barkley Estates Community Association, a position he has held for several years. 


Carol J. DeGraw Harris, CPCU, ASLI

Carol J. DeGraw Harris is the editor of The Surplus Line Reporter newspapers. She has been with the publications since 1985. During that time, DeGraw Harris obtained the CPCU and ASLI designations. She is a   past president of the Deep South Chapter of the CPCU Society and the New Orleans Insurance Institute board of directors. She is a co-recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Service award presented by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana.

Previously, DeGraw Harris was coordinator of marketing for the Metropolitan College at the University of New Orleans and earlier was editor of the Westbank Guide, a community newspaper. DeGraw Harris holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama (Mobile) and an MBA from The   University of New Orleans. Active in her community, for several years she was recording secretary for the Terrytown Civic Association and treasurer for the   Cypress Park Condominium Association.