Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Ryan Brannan of Austin as commissioner of Workers' Compensation at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), effective Aug. 1, 2014, for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2015. TDI's Division of Workers' Compensation regulates the workers' compensation system in Texas, ensuring injured workers receive the necessary benefits to quickly return to work, and that workers' compensation costs are kept at a reasonable level for Texas employers. Brannan replaces Rod Bordelon, who is leaving the post after nearly six years at the helm.
"I appreciate Rod's commitment to representing his fellow Texans throughout his years of service at the Texas Department of Insurance, and wish him the best in his future endeavors," Gov. Perry said. "I am confident that Ryan's experience with the insurance industry will help him lead the Worker's Compensation division, and pleased that he has volunteered to serve Texas in this capacity."
Brannan was most recently an advisor in the Governor's Office Division of Budget, Planning and Policy, focusing on issues relating to the insurance industry, including property and casualty insurance, workers compensation, healthcare, public health and health and life insurance. He is a volunteer for Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, a member of the St. Mark's School of Texas Alumni Association, and a past member of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Young Alumni Board.
Brannan received a bachelor's degree from SMU, a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and a Master of Business Administration from the SMU Cox School of Business.