Julia Rathgeber was appointed Texas Insurance Commissioner effective May 27, 2013, by Governor Rick Perry. The appointment was confirmed by the Texas Senate on June 14, 2013.
She served as deputy chief of staff in the Office of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst where her duties included reviewing all legislation before the Texas Senate. She has 22 years experience in managing office staff at various agencies. She is a past director of research for the Texas General Land Office, and a past director of the strategic assessment division for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Seton Fund Development Board, and a volunteer supporter of The Settlement Club and The Settlement Home for Children.
She received a bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.