Texas House Member

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Rep. Anderson, Charles "Doc"

District 56


Capitol Address:

Room GW.8

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0135

(512) 463-0642 Fax

District Address:

900 Austin Ave., Suite 804

Waco, TX 76701

(254) 754-3892

(254) 754-1604 Fax

Counties Represented:

McLennan (part)



Chairman, Texas Legislative Rural Caucus
Vice-Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock
House Committee on Investments & Financial Services
House Committee on Local & Consent Calendars

A graduate of the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, Doc Anderson has served as a small animal veterinarian in Waco since 1981. He and his wife Sandie have been married for 32 years, and have a son and three grandsons.

After over 20 years of advocacy for small business through statewide committees on both the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Business, as well as appointment by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Small Business Advisory Council, Doc was elected to represent District 56 (Waco & McLennan County) in 2004. He has been re-elected four times.

Representative Anderson has served for 5 terms as Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, as well as previous service on other committees, such as Elections, House Administration, and the House Select Interim Committee on Energy & Environment. Additionally, 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 State Agricultural and Rural Leaders (SARL).

Legislative highlights include: securing 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 veterans who had already gained such exemption due to their 100%, service-connected disability.

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, Rep. Anderson has been honored in 2013 by the Cenikor Foundation, the Association for Community Transit, and the Texas Auctioneers Association Legislator of the Year. He is also consistently ranked in the top tier of organizations dedicated to reviewing "pocketbook" issues for Texas taxpayers, including Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Americans for Prosperity, the Texas Association of Business, and Young Conservatives of Texas.

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