Julia Jeffrey Rathgeber did in 18 days what the former insurance commissioner couldn’t manage in the 140 days of the regular legislative session: She got confirmed by the Senate.
At an 8:30 a.m. meeting Friday, the state Senate Nominations Committee voted to move forward with the nomination of Rathgeber, 48, to be the head of the Texas Department of Insurance. The whole process took exactly 20 minutes. And by early afternoon, the whole Senate had confirmed her.
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