Distinguished Senior Fellow in Regulatory Reform
Rod Bordelon’s extensive experience leading major state regulatory agencies and implementing reforms includes over 30 years in insurance, workers’ compensation and legislative affairs. Rod specializes in government agency regulatory and legislative advocacy, legal analysis, coalition building, and public speaking. His work includes successfully adopting medical cost containment guidelines and pharmacy formularies in workers’ compensation, and advocating free market reforms in all lines of insurance. Most recently he has served as the policy director for the recently formed Texans for Free Enterprise (TFE), a non-profit, non-partisan organization advancing public policy and regulations to further free markets, job creation, investment and competition in title insurance in Texas.
An eleven term gubernatorial appointee, Rod was appointed as the Public Insurance Counsel by Governor George W. Bush and reappointed by Governor Rick Perry, and appointed as the Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation by Governor Perry.
As Commissioner he implemented extensive reforms to the workers’ compensation system in Texas, resulting in significant market performance improvements and cost savings, a fifty percent drop in the rates of insurance premiums and increased performance within the regulatory agency. His achievements include adopting the first in the nation pharmacy formulary for workers’ compensation, implementing improved treatment and fee guidelines, increasing medical review and enforcement penalties, and streamlining and expediting dispute resolution.
As Public Insurance Counsel, he negotiated numerous regulatory reforms and was instrumental in implementing flexible file and use rate and form procedures in property and casualty lines of insurance, reducing regulatory delays and increasing competition in the insurance marketplace.
He is a frequent speaker at insurance and legal educational conferences and has served on numerous boards and commissions.
Rod is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and South Texas College of Law in Houston.
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