Gov. Rick Perry Appoints Mike Geeslin as Insurance Commissioner
Gov. Rick Perry today named Mike Geeslin as the state's Insurance Commissioner. The commissioner oversees the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), which regulates the insurance industry and provides information and assistance to insurance consumers.
"Mike Geeslin will be a strong and steady voice for continued improvements in the insurance industry in Texas while protecting consumers by ensuring that insurance is available and provided at fair rates," Perry said. "As insurance commissioner, he will play an integral role in overseeing major reforms to our workers compensation system. His expertise in insurance matters and management skills will serve Texans well in this important new role."
Geeslin, 36, has served as deputy commissioner for policy at TDI since January 2003. During that time, he has overseen and coordinated implementation of major insurance reforms directed by the legislature in 2003. Prior to that time, he was a budget and policy advisor on insurance and regulatory matters to Perry in both the governor's office and lieutenant governor's office. He also worked as chief of staff for state Sen. Tom Haywood, as a legislative aide to Sen. Florence Shapiro, and as an assistant to Congressman Joe Barton.
Geeslin is a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he received a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in business administration. While attending A&M, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and served as a Ross Volunteer. He attended public schools in Red Oak, Texas.
He and his wife, Danica Milios-Geeslin, live in Austin and have three children. Geeslin's appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. His term will expire Feb. 1, 2007.