Cassie Brown was appointed to serve as the commissioner of workers’ compensation by Governor Greg Abbott in 2018. She oversees the Division of Workers’ Compensation, which regulates the workers’ compensation system in Texas, ensuring injured employees receive the necessary benefits to quickly return to work, and that workers’ compensation costs are kept at a reasonable level for Texas employers. As commissioner, she enforces the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act and rules and administers the certified self-insurance program for individual employers. DWC’s responsibilities also include resolving claim level disputes about medical and income benefits, as well as medical fee disputes.
She also serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions, as a member on the Executive Committee for the Southern Association of Workers’ Compensation Administrators, and on the Executive Women in Texas Government President’s Advisory Committee.
Brown has more than 20 years of public service experience. She previously served as deputy commissioner for Regulatory Policy at the Texas Department of Insurance. In this role she oversaw the regulation of the forms, rates, and products that are sold in the Texas insurance market; oversaw the residual markets; assured the adequacy of insurers’ loss control programs; and provided education, inspections, and compliance activities related to the state’s windstorm market. Earlier in her career, Ms. Brown served as a key advisor to Governor Rick Perry on policy and budget issues including insurance, health regulatory, and workers’ compensation. In addition, Ms. Brown served in the administration of Governor George W. Bush.
Brown received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from St. Edward’s University and attended the Governor’s Executive Development Program at The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.