The Texas State Senate: District 5
Senator Charles Schwertner: District 5
Occupation: Orthopedic Surgeon
Education: B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin; M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Legislative Experience: House Member, 2011 - 2013; Senate Member, 2013 - present
Senator Charles Schwertner is a physician, family man, business owner, and a life-long conservative. In 2010, Schwertner was first elected to serve the people of House District 20 as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. There, he quickly earned a reputation as a measured and effective legislator, working with his colleagues to pass one of the most conservative legislative agendas in Texas history.
In 2012, Schwertner won the Republican Primary for the Texas Senate (District 5) with nearly 75 percent of the vote. Senate District 5 is a ten-county region of Central and East Texas that includes Brazos, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Walker and Williamson Counties.
In Texas Senate, Dr. Schwertner serves as a Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services; the committee responsible for setting public health policy for the state, regulating physicians and other health professions, and providing legislative oversight of the state's health-related agencies. Schwertner also serves as a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, Administration, Business & Commerce and State Affairs. In September 2013, Senator Schwertner was also named to the powerful Sunset Advisory Commission, a 12-member legislative body charged with providing a comprehensive periodic review of more than 150 state agencies.
For his leadership in the Texas Legislature, Senator Schwertner has been named a "Taxpayer Advocate" by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, a "Fighter for Free Enterprise" by the Texas Association of Business, a "Courageous Conservative" by the Texas Conservative Coalition, a "Lone Star Conservative Leader" by the Texas Conservative Roundtable, and "Senate Freshman of the Year" by Texas Monthly magazine.
Charles comes from six generations of farming and ranching in Texas. In addition to his role in the Texas Legislature, Dr. Schwertner also works as a practicing orthopedic surgeon, treating thousands of patients in Williamson and Milam counties each year. He and his wife Belinda (an obstetrician/gynecologist) reside in Georgetown with their three sons: Carson, Zachary, and Matthew.
October 28, 2013
Fall 2013 Newsletter
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March 2, 2015
Press conference regarding management of the state Medicaid program
February 24, 2015
Press conference regarding SB 1, SB 7 and SB 8, relating to tax relief measures
February 11, 2015
Press conference regarding SB 538, relating to the control of infectious diseases
May 06, 2013
Texas Senate Passes House Bill 5
March 08, 2013
Schwertner Files Legislation Protecting Texans from Potential "Double Taxation" Under Obamacare
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| Capitol Address
|| District Address: Bryan/College Station
| The Honorable Charles Schwertner
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-5713 (fax)
| 3000 Briarcrest Drive
Bryan, Texas 77802
(979) 776-0220 (fax)
| District Address
| 501 S. Austin Avenue
Georgetown, Texas 78626
84th Session Committee Membership
District Analysis: District 5