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Commissioner of Workers' Compensation

Ryan Brannan is the Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation at the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation. He was appointed in August of 2014 by Governor Rick Perry and re-appointed twice by Governor Greg Abbott. He is responsible for strategic planning and operation of the workers' compensation system. He has expanded efforts to improve outreach to injured workers and introduced transparency measures, while streamlining operations to reduce costs for employers. He has re-purposed existing resources to increase compliance from carriers and providers to ensure better outcomes for both employers and employees within the system.

Before his appointment as Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation, Mr. Brannan served as a policy advisor to Governor Rick Perry, where he provided strategic and operational advice to the Governor on a variety of issues related to the budget, planning, and policy of the State. Prior to his service at the Governor’s Office, Mr. Brannan spent several years as a policy analyst where he received recognition and publication in at least 16 periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal, Texas Lawyer, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, and the Austin-American Statesman.

Mr. Brannan has extensive experience both as an attorney and as a business owner. He has represented clients on insurance matters in private practice and served as the Director of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Mr. Brannan is a licensed attorney. He is a current member of the Insurance Law and the Workers Compensation sections of the State Bar of Texas.  Mr. Brannan serves on the board of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Self-Insured Guaranty Association and the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation, is president-elect of the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators, and is an advisory committee member of the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute. He received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He currently lives in Austin with his wife and two daughters, and is active in the Austin Baptist Church.



Last updated: 08/17/2017

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