When Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released the Texas Senate’s committee assignments last week, the Texas Medical Association was pleased to see extensive committee roles carved out for the chamber’s three physician-legislators.
And among the Senate committees that TMA tracks closely, there were few changes in Lieutenant Governor Patrick’s 2021 appointments from the 2019 session.
Two of the three physician-senators – Sen. Dawn Buckingham, MD (R-Lakeway) and Sen. Donna Campbell, MD (R-New Braunfels) – will serve on the Committee on Health & Human Services, the panel medicine watches most closely.
Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) will chair the Committee on Administration, which during the 2019 session oversaw local issues and Senate business, among other duties. He’ll also sit on the Committee on Finance, the Committee on State Affairs, the Committee on Business & Commerce, and the Committee on Education.
All told, Texas’ three physician-lawmakers will hold 16 committee spots, with each serving in one chair role.
Senator Buckingham will serve as chair of the Committee on Nominations. Her other assignments include spots on the Special Committee on Redistricting, the Committee on Administration, and the Committee on Finance.
Senator Campbell will helm the Committee on Veterans Affairs & Border Security, and also serve on Redistricting, Finance, Business & Commerce, and State Affairs.
The Committee on Health & Human Services will be chaired by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) with Vice Chair Rep. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock). Along with Senators Buckingham and Campbell, others on the committee will include Sen. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso), Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood), Sen. Borris Miles (D-Houston), Sen. Beverly Powell (D-Burleson), and Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo).
Both the House and the Senate stand adjourned this week and are scheduled to reconvene Tuesday, Jan. 26.
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