Appointed April 2010
Albert Betts, Jr. is the executive director of the Insurance Council of Texas, a non-profit trade association representing the interests of nearly 500 property and casualty insurers doing business in Texas. Previously, Albert was a partner at the law firm of Thompson Coe Cousins and Irons, LLP, practicing in the firm’s Insurance law and Governmental and Legislative Advocacy Group. His practice focused on representing clients before the Texas Department of Insurance and other regulatory agencies, including representing and advising insurance trade associations, insurance companies, and other clients on insurance business transactions and regulations, as well as advocating for clients’ interests before the Texas legislature and other government officials. In 2005, he was appointed, by Texas Governor Rick Perry, as the first Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation for the State of Texas. Albert was reappointed in 2007 and served as Commissioner from 2005 through 2008. Prior to being appointed Commissioner, Mr. Betts served as Chief of Staff for the Texas Department of Insurance. Overall, Mr. Betts has nearly 25 years experience as a lawyer and public policy administrator including prior experience at the Department of Insurance, the State Office of Risk Management, Texas Attorney General, and the former Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission. Albert is also co-editor of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Handbook and is a frequent speaker to insurance, risk management, and employer groups on property and casualty insurance and workers’ compensation issues. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and has been a licensed attorney since 1991.