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Dr. Shelton (second from left), Dr. Zerwas,
Three TMA member-legislators and one TMA Alliance member were appointed to the Texas House Appropriations and Public Health committees by House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) on Wednesday. These two powerful committees determine how state dollars are spent and critical public health issues are handled. They are: Reps. Susan King (R-Abilene); Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown); Mark Shelton, MD (R-Fort Worth); and John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton).
Across the rotunda, Sen. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), the only physician and the only TMA member in the Senate, has already spent weeks examining the budget as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Dr. Deuell is also vice chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.