Perry Names Rathgeber Insurance Commissioner

Updated May 27, 5:40 p.m.:

Julia Rathgeber, deputy chief of staff to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, was appointed to be the state's new insurance commissioner by Gov. Rick Perry Monday afternoon. She'll replace Eleanor Kitzman, who was appointed by the governor but never confirmed by the Senate.

Rathgeber worked at the state's General Land Office, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and at that agency's successor, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation, but not until the next regular session, in 2015.

Updated May 24, 5 p.m.:

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