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Monday, December 5, 2011


Fifteen Texas legislators picked up TMA’s Friends of Medicine award at the retreat for their relentless energy, dedication, and steady leadership on behalf of Texas’ patients and physicians during the 2011 session. Since 1995, TMA has honored lawmakers who have gone above and beyond to champion important legislation on behalf of Texas patients. TEXPAC Board Chair Joe Todd, MD, and Candidate Evaluation Committee Chair Jerry Hunsaker, MD, hosted the awards dinner, which began with some political prognostications from Texas Monthly Senior Editor Paul Burka. From the House, the winners were State Reps. Rep. Dan Branch (R-Dallas), John Davis (R-Houston), Sarah Davis (R-West University Place), Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), Susan King (R-Abilene), Elliot Naishtat (D-Austin), Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), Mark Shelton, MD (R-Fort Worth), Vicki Truitt (R-Keller), and John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond). On the Senate side, the friends are State Sens. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock), Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Joan Huffman (R-Southside Place), and Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound).

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