Texas House Member

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Rep. King, Susan Lewis

District 71


Capitol Address:

Room GN.12

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0718

(512) 463-0994 Fax

District Address:

P. O. Box 2376

Abilene, TX 79604

(325) 670-0384

Counties Represented:

Jones, Nolan, Taylor



Susan Lewis King is a fifth-term Member of the Texas House of Representatives serving District 71, which is comprised of Taylor, Nolan and Jones Counties in West Central Texas.

Representative King was appointed as the Chair of the House Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee and as a member of the House Human Services Committee. Previously, Rep. King served on the House Appropriations Committee and was assigned to the subcommittees of; Articles I, IV and V (General Government, Judiciary, Criminal Justice and Public Safety), Article II (Health & Human Services) and Appropriations Article III (General Education). She was also a member of the House Public Health Committee for four terms. In 2014, she chaired the Interim Select Committee on Health Care Education and Workforce Training. Additional committee assignments in previous sessions have included House Administration Committee and the Committee on Rules and Resolutions. She was a member of the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force, former Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislature's Public Health Committee and former Vice Chair of the House Human Services Committee.

King, a native Houstonian, moved to West Texas in 1979. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with Honors. Upon graduation she returned to Houston and worked with renowned cardiac surgeon Denton Cooley, MD. King worked as Co-Director of Surgery and Head of Education for the operating rooms at St. Luke’s Episcopal, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Texas Heart Institute. Currently, Rep. King is Co-Owner and Director of Nursing and staff nurse at Elm Place Ambulatory Surgical Center in Abilene.

Rep. King served on the Abilene Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2006. She presided over the AISD School Board as President prior to her election to the Texas House.

Her community service includes many aspects of involvement in the local arts and theatre community, her church and fundraising, and being a volunteer for the Boy Scouts. Rep. King and her husband, Dr. Austin King, MD have three grown children (Charlotte, North Carolina, Ft. Worth and Austin) and four grandchildren.

Selected Awards Include:

2015 Cristina Barrientos Award from the Texas Renal Coalition
2013 Lone Star Conservative Guardian Award from the Texas Conservative Roundtable
2013 Community Champion for Children, Child Advocacy Centers
2013 Texas Association of Business Fighter for Free Enterprise Award
2012 Texas Association Realtors Abilene Chapter-Outstanding Citizen Award
2011 Texas Medical Association Friend of Medicine Award
The Immunization Project's 2010 "The Protector" award for dedication to immunization
Texas Medical Association 2009 Champion/Family of Medicine Award
The Texas Association of Deans & Directors of Professional Nursing Program's 2009 Inaugural Champion for Nursing Award
2009 Outstanding Service to Career and Technology Education by the Career and Technology Association of Texas
Texas Association of Business 2009 "Fighter for Free Enterprise" Award
Texas Hospital Association's 2009 and 2013 Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute award
Texas Rehab Action Network's 2009 "Legislator of the Year"
Texas Coalition of Homes for Children Award, presented 2008 "Champion For Children" award for her work for children's homes and CPS reform
2008 Public Elected Official of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers Abilene Branch

Select Memberships:
Texas Conservative Coalition, Board Member
House Research Organization, Board Member
Texas Rural Caucus, Vice Chair
Tourism Caucus
Farm to Table Caucus
Republican Caucus
Aviation Caucus

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