Newly minted Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released his State Senate committee appointments for the 2015 session late on Friday. I am pleased to report that all three of the major committees that will handle our priorities are chaired by senators who work well with their local physicians and TMA:
- Lieutenant Governor Patrick retained Senator Schwertner — the first physician to chair the Health and Human Services Committee — in that post. Sen. Donna Campbell, MD (R-New Braunfels), the only other physician in the Senate, also will serve on that committee.
- Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville), who previously chaired the Health and Human Services Committee, will lead the Senate Finance Committee. Dr. Schwertner is also on that committee.
- The Business and Commerce Committee, which we expect to handle health insurance bills, will be chaired by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler). Dr. Schwertner will serve on that committee as well.