AUSTIN — Texas Insurance Commissioner David Mattax has died of cancer.

Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement Thursday that he was mourning “the loss of a friend, a colleague and a distinguished public servant” who “truly dedicated his life and career to the state of Texas.”

Abbott appointed Mattax insurance commissioner — tasked with overseeing Texas’ insurance industry — in 2015.

Mattax previously spent 23 years in the attorney general’s office, including litigating high-profile redistricting cases while Abbott was serving as attorney general until being elected governor.

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