Julia Rathgeber has been named Texas' new insurance commissioner by Gov. Rick Perry. Rathgeber is serving as deputy chief of staff for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and she will replace outgoing Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman. "The new commissioner will face a steep learning curve, but she will be assisted by a seasoned staff" at the Department of Insurance, said Mark Hanna of the Insurance Council of Texas. "She will face no shortage of critical issues."