David Mattax was appointed Commissioner of Insurance by Governor Greg Abbott in January 2015. He oversees the Texas Department of Insurance (DOI), which regulates the insurance industry and protects consumers.
Mattax is serving as secretary-treasurer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
Before joining the Texas DOI, Mattax spent 23 years in a variety of capacities at the Texas Attorney General's Office. He began representing the Texas DOI as its attorney in 1992, and his tenure included working with eight different insurance commissioners on receiverships, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (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 member of the finance committee, past co-chair of the Amos Commission and past board of trustees member of University United Methodist Church.
He received a bachelor's degree in history, a bachelor's degree in math and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.