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Texas Commissioner of Insurance
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $105,853,640
Term limits:  None
Authority:  Texas Insurance Code, Chapter 31, Section 21
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder
Name:  David Mattax
Assumed office:  January 13, 2015
Compensation:  $175,000
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The Texas Commissioner of Insurance is an appointed state executive position in the Texas state government. The Texas Department of Insurance regulates insurance in this state and administers the workers' compensation system.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is David Mattax. Mattax, a former deputy attorney general, was appointed to the office on January 13, 2015.[1]


The commissioner's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Section 31 of the Texas Insurance Code.

Chapter 31 Section 21:

The commissioner is the department’s chief executive and administrative officer. The commissioner shall administer and enforce this code, other insurance laws of this state, and other laws granting jurisdiction or applicable to the department or the commissioner.[2]


Section 31 of the Texas Insurance Code establishes the requirements for office:

Section 31, Chapter 23:

The commissioner must:
  1. be a competent and experienced administrator;
  2. be well informed and qualified in the field of insurance and insurance regulation; and
  3. have at least five years of experience in the administration of business or government or as a practicing attorney or certified public accountant.[3]


The commissioner of insurance is appointed by the governor with the consent of the state Senate. Appointment is done in accordance with Chapter 31 Section 22 of the Texas Insurance Code.


Under Article 4, Section 12 of the state Constitution, "all vacancies in State or district offices, except members of the Legislature, shall be filled unless otherwise provided by law by appointment of the Governor."


The duties of the Texas Department of Insurance are outlined in Sec. 31.002 of the state code.

  1. regulate the business of insurance in this state;
  2. administer the workers' compensation system of this state as provided by Title 5, Labor Code; and
  3. ensure that this code and other laws regarding insurance and insurance companies are executed.[4]


The insurance commissioner's office consists of three divisions:

  • Insurance and HMOs
  • State Fire Marshall
  • Division of Workers' Compensation[5]

State budget

See also: Texas state budget and finances

The budget for the Department of Insurance in Fiscal Year 2013 was $105,853,640.[6]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the commissioner received a salary of $175,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $163,800, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2012, the commissioner received a salary of $163,800, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the commissioner received a salary of $163,800, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

Since 1957, Texas has had 15 Insurance Commissioners.

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Contact information

Physical address: Texas Department of Insurance
333 Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78701
Mailing address: Texas Department of Insurance
P.O. Box 149104
Austin, TX 78714-9104

Phone: 512/463-6169

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