Feb 11, 2011

In the Right Place at the Right Time

Front Row Center, Left to Right,
Dr. Shelton (second from left), Dr. Zerwas,
Dr. Schwertner

Great news.

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.

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