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January 13, 2015

Gov. Perry Appoints Mattax as Commissioner of Insurance

AUSTIN – Texas Governor Rick Perry recently appointed David Mattax of Austin as Commissioner of Insurance for a term to expire February 1, 2015.
In commenting on Governor Perry’s appointment, Governor-elect Abbott said, “Having worked closely with David Mattax for over a decade, I believe he is the best person to lead the Department of Insurance through the legislative session and look forward to appointing him as insurance commissioner myself when I take office as governor.”

Mattax will oversee the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), which regulates the insurance industry and provides information and assistance to insurance consumers.

“I look forward to working with the staff at TDI, and to the challenge of regulating the tenth largest insurance market in the world,” said Mattax. “I am very appreciative of Julia Rathgeber’s leadership over the past year and a half and her service to the department and Texas insurance consumers.”

"Texas has one of the largest and most dynamic insurance markets in the world,” said Texas Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan Brannan. “I look forward to working with David as the next Commissioner of Insurance; he brings a thorough understanding of insurance policy and legal expertise that will allow him to continue to build on the positive trends achieved under Commissioner Rathgeber."
Mattax was deputy attorney general for defense litigation, past director of defense litigation, and past chief of the financial litigation division for the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice before the Texas Federal District Court, Fourth and Fifth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeal and U.S. Supreme Court. He is past co-chair of the Amos Commission, and a past member of the board of trustees of University United Methodist Church.

Mattax received two bachelor’s degrees and a law degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Last updated: 1/14/2015