Texas Gov. Rick Perry has nominated Mike Geeslin, his formerbudget advisor who now serves as deputy insurance commissioner, toassume the top post at that department.

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Mr. Geeslin will fill the vacancy created when Commissioner JoseMontemayor declined to serve a fourth term. Mr. Montemayor left thepost May 31 to work as an investment advisor after six years as thestate's top insurance regulator.

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The new appointee will assume the post immediately whileawaiting Senate confirmation.

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Prior to joining the agency in 2003, Mr. Geeslin served asbudget and policy adviser to the Republican governor.

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Among his major new responsibilities will be overseeing theworkers' compensation system, following passage of major reformsthat put that program in the Texas Department of Insurance.

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"As insurance commissioner he will play an important role inoverseeing major reforms to our workers' compensation system," Mr.Perry said. "His expertise in insurance matters and managementskills will serve Texans well in this important new role."

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