News Release

Torchmark Announces Public Offering of $250 Million of Senior Notes

June 19, 2006

Torchmark Corporation (NYSE: TMK) announced today that it is offering, subject to market and other conditions, $250 million in aggregate principal amount of senior notes that will mature in 2016.

Banc of America Securities LLC is acting as sole book-running manager, and HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. are acting as joint-lead managers.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the securities nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. The offering of securities may be made only by means of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus (collectively, the "Prospectus") which is part of a registration statement that Torchmark Corporation filed with the SEC utilizing a "shelf" registration process.

Copies of the Prospectus can be obtained from:

Banc of America Securities LLC
Prospectus Department
100 West 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001

HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.
452 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

J. P. Morgan Securities, Inc.
270 Park Avenue, Floor 8
New York, NY 10017
Attn: High Grade Syndicate

Torchmark Corporation is a holding company specializing in life and supplemental health insurance for "middle income" Americans marketed through multiple distribution channels including direct response, and exclusive and independent agencies.

SOURCE Torchmark Corporation

CONTACT: Joyce Lane, Vice President, Investor Relations of Torchmark Corporation, +1-972-569-3627, fax, +1-972-569-3282,

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