April 18, 2017: Texas Department of Insurance Commissioner David Mattax died from cancer on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Mattax was 60. Mattax was appointed as the Texas Insurance Commissioner in 2015 by current Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Mattax "truly dedicated his life and career to the State of Texas,” Abbott said in a statement. "A brilliant lawyer whose loyalty to Texas never wavered, David was a doting son and brother who took great pride in mentoring young lawyers who would become the leaders of tomorrow. David’s brilliance, wit, and wisdom will be dearly missed by all who knew him." Mattax had been a Deputy to Abbott, a former Texas Attorney General, at the Texas Attorney General's Office, where Mattax had worked for twenty-three years before being appointed as the Insurance Commissioner. The Texas Department of Insurance is responsible for regulating the state's insurance industry. Mattax received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.