I’ve written at least eight blog posts complaining, in one way or the other, about Texas Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman. I am especially unhappy with her refusal to question the continual rate increases instituted by Texas homeowner insurance companies. I know this should not be surprising coming from a Republican former insurance executive, but Ms. Kitzman has never seemed to grasp the concept of an insurance commissioner being in office to protect consumers, and not simply to smooth the path for insurance companies to charge more money.
Now, in what might perhaps be good news, comes word that Ms. Kitzman’s reappointment probably will not be approved by the Texas Senate. If that happens she will have to step down as commissioner. The legislative session ends in about two weeks.
The potential bad news is that Governor Perry would then be able to appoint anyone else he chooses, and that person will not face confirmation until the next legislative session — two years from now.