David Mattax, 60, died after a battle with cancer on the morning of April 13, 2017. Mattax was appointed as Texas Commissioner of Insurance by Governor Greg Abbott in January 2015 and was elected to serve as NAIC Secretary-Treasurer in December 2016. In less than 2.5 years, Mattax was an active participant in numerous NAIC committees, working groups and task forces. In addition to being an officer, he served as Chair of the Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Committee and Vice-Chair of the Financial Condition Committee. He also served on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors.
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 was a member of the State Bar of Texas and admitted to practice before the four Texas Federal District courts, Fourth and Fifth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Today we lost a great friend and colleague. David Mattax was a dedicated and thoughtful public servant who spent 25 years serving the citizens of Texas. For those of us who had the privilege of closely working with David, we know how special he was as a person and he will be sorely missed among our ranks. It was a true testament to David's character and commitment that he worked right up until the very end of his battle, including participating by phone from his home while we were at our recent meeting in Denver. That's Texas for you. I ask you to keep David's family in your thoughts and prayers - as well as our friends at the Texas Department of Insurance." - Ted Nickel, NAIC President and Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner