1/5/2011 5:25 PM
Commissioner Mike Geeslin, head of the Texas Department of Insurance, wrote Gov. Rick Perry yesterday requesting that he not be reappointed. His term ends on Feb. 1, 2011.
"This request is based on many considerations; the foremost being my family, and the other being the simple realization that it is time for someone else to lead," Geeslin wrote.
The commissioner has said that he will serve until the governor appoints someone else. In a phone interview with LSR, Geeslin said that means he is prepared to stay through the legislative session if need be.
During his tenure, the Texas Department of Insurance has responded to several major hurricanes, including Rita and Ike; merged the workers' compensation and insurance agencies; and undergone two consecutive Sunset reviews.