A former South Carolina insurance regulator will serve as the new Texas insurance commissioner.
Gov. Rick Perry announced he will appoint Eleanor Kitzman to the top post of the Texas Department of Insurance, which regulates insurance companies and provides information and help to consumers. She will replace Mike Geeslin, who served as commissioner for six years and did not want another term.
Kitzman's appointment is effective Aug. 15 through Feb. 2013. She is the outgoing executive director of the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, the central administrative agency for the state government, and a past director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance.
Consumer group Texas Watch Executive Director Alex Winslow said in a statement that Kitzman has a difficult job ahead of her.
"As the economy continues to struggle, homeowners are facing ever-increasing insurance costs with dwindling protection," he said. "They expect their insurance commissioner to look out for them by working toward a balanced insurance marketplace - not a market that is by, for, and of the insurance industry."
Kitzman is a former clerk for the Texas Supreme Court, and a past associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss and Feld. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and South Carolina Bar Association. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and a law degree from South Texas College of Law.