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Monday, November 10, 2008

TEXPAC PUTS ANOTHER DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE

As part of a bundle of state and federal wins on Election Day, TEXPAC worked hard to turn out the physician and alliance vote for Fort Worth pediatrician Mark Shelton, MD. Dr. Shelton defeated an incumbent Democratic trial lawyer (YouTube video) to win Texas House of Representatives District 97. That makes him and Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond), the only two physicians – and TMA members – in the House. The only TMA member in Congress, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), announced he is running to become chair of the House Republican Policy Committee. All four of TEXPAC’s endorsed statewide candidates (PDF) (U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and three Texas Supreme Court justices) won, as did all but one of the congressional candidates we backed and most of those we supported for the Texas House and Senate. We already have begun personal outreach from physicians to the candidates we did not support so medicine can build strong relationships with these new lawmakers.

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