David Mattax was appointed Commissioner of Insurance by Governor Greg Abbott in January 2015. He oversees the Texas Department of Insurance, which regulates the insurance industry and protects consumers.
Mattax serves as chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Committee, co-vice chair of the Financial Condition Committee, and was secretary-treasurer of the NAIC's Western Zone.
Before joining TDI, Mattax spent 23 years in a variety of capacities at the Texas Attorney General's Office. He began representing the Texas Department of Insurance as its attorney in 1992, and his tenure included working with eight different insurance commissioners on receiverships, ERISA cases, rulemaking, enforcement actions, and other legal issues. Mattax also represented the state banking and securities departments and other state agencies. In his last position as Deputy Attorney General for Defense Litigation, Mattax supervised the defense of all lawsuits filed against the state.
He is a past co-chair of the Amos Commission and a past board of trustees member of University United Methodist Church.
He received a B.A. in history, a B.S. in math and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.