David Mattax, the Texas insurancecommissioner, died Thursday, according to Weed-Corley-Fish FuneralHome.

Mattax, who was 60, learned he had lung cancer in late 2015,according to the Independent InsuranceAgents of Texas.

'Brilliant lawyer'

Mattax was appointed to serve as the Texas commissioner inJanuary 2015. He was elected secretary-treasurer of the National Association ofInsurance Commissioners, a group for state insurancecommissioners, in December 2016. He was also the chairmanof the NAIC's Financial Regulation Standards and AccreditationCommittee.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.