July 10, 2015

Charles “Doc” Anderson to seek reelection to the Texas House of Representatives

Chairman of Texas Legislative Rural Caucus and conservative leader to seek reelection to District 56 Texas House seat

Waco, Texas—Today, State Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson announced that he will seek reelection to the District 56 Texas House of Representatives seat he has held since 2005. Representative Anderson, the Chairman of the Texas Legislative Rural Caucus, the Vice Chairman of the Aerospace Caucus, the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock and member of the House Committees on Economic & Small Business Development and State and Federal Power and Responsibility, said there is more work for him to do to do on behalf of the people of McLennan County and Central Texas.

“It has been a high honor to represent the conservative values of the hard working people of District 56 in the Texas House since 2005 and I look forward to asking them to allow me to continue to be their strong voice in our State’s Capitol as our state and nation face unprecedented challenges,” Anderson said. “I believe that my seniority and experience will be valuable in Austin during a period when the legislature is experiencing a high amount of turnover and will be losing many senior members who have announced their retirements.”

Currently, Representative Anderson will be the 17th most senior Republican and 38th in overall seniority in the 150 member Texas House of Representatives.

A graduate of the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, Doc Anderson has been as a small animal veterinarian in Waco since 1981. He sold his practice earlier this year so that he could focus more time and energy on his family and his legislative service. He lost his wife, Sandy, in March of this year following a lengthy illness. Doc and Sandy had been married for 34 years.

“This campaign will be bittersweet not having Sandy at my side,” said Representative Anderson. “Sandy loved campaigning and meeting with the people of Central Texas. She seldom met anyone she didn’t like and she truly cared about the people who lived and worked in District 56 and the issues that were important to them and their families. I miss her deeply as do so many of my constituents. This reelection campaign will be in her honor,” added Anderson.

Representative Anderson serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, as well as previous service on other committees, such as Elections, Pensions and Investments, House Administration, Local and Consent Calendars, and the House Select Interim Committee on Energy & Environment. Additionally, he is the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Firearms and Ammunition Manufacturers Recruitment. He holds appointments to the statewide Agricultural Policy Council, the multinational Energy Council, and agricultural, energy, and environmental task forces in both the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) and American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Representative Anderson is a Board Member of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI), and the international organization of State Agricultural and Rural Leaders (SARL).

His many legislative accomplishments include: working to secure new headquarters funding for Company F of the Texas Rangers in Waco, major legislation concerning school bus safety belts, punishment for child predators (Jessica’s Law), legislation banning the hallucinogen salvia divinorum, and a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2011 to extend property tax exemptions to the surviving spouse of 100% service-connected disabled veterans.

For his efforts to preserve and enhance key local and state institutions, such as the Waco Center for Youth, Texas State Technical College, and rural transportation networks throughout Texas, Representative Anderson has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Auctioneers Association, the Association for Community Transit, the Heart of Texas Council of Governments, Cenikor Foundation, and the Texas Association of Regional Counties. He is consistently ranked as one of the most conservative members in the Texas Legislature and is ranked in the top tier of lawmakers by organizations dedicated to fighting for “pocketbook” issues for Texas taxpayers, securing our borders, defending our personal freedoms, and protecting our constitutional rights, including Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Americans for Prosperity, the Texas Association of Business, the National Rifle Association, the Texas State Rifle Association, and the Young Conservatives of Texas.

“I look forward to continuing my proven record of service and conservative leadership to the people of Waco and McLennan County,” Representative Anderson said. “To me, State Representative is much more than a title. I believe it comes with the sacred responsibility to truly represent the values of the people I was elected to represent,” Dr. Anderson concluded. “May God continue to bless the great, sovereign State of Texas.”



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