Texas House Member

Rep. King, Susan Lewis

District 71


Capitol Address:

Room E1.304, Capitol Extension
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


Press Conferences:

Member Press Conferences


  • 03/20/14 Rep. Susan King - Audio Message
  • Biography

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

    Rep. King serves on the House Appropriations Committee, and sits on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Articles I, IV, and V for General Government, the Judiciary, Criminal Justice and Public Safety. Previously she served on the Appropriations Article II Subcommittee for Health & Human Services and Appropriations Article III Subcommittee on Education. She is also a member of the House Public Health Committee and House Administration Committee. Previous committee assignments have included Vice Chair of the House Human Services Committee and Committee on Rules and Resolutions. She was an active member of the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force and Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislature's Public Health Committee.

    King, moved to West Texas in 1979 after growing up in Houston, she attended The University of Texas at Austin and 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 served as Co-Director of Surgery and Head of Education for the operating rooms at St. Luke´s Episcopal, Texas Children´s Hospital, and the Texas Heart Institute. Currently, Rep. King is co-owner of Elm Place Ambulatory Surgical Center in Abilene where she also the Director of Nursing.

    Before her election to the Texas House of Representatives, Rep. King served on the Abilene Independent School District Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2006, including two years as President of the Board.

    Rep. King´s Community service includes fundraising and volunteering for the Boy Scouts and involvement in the local arts, theatre community and her church. Rep. King is married to Dr. Austin King, MD and has three grown children and three grandchildren.

    Selected Awards Include:

    • 2013 Lone Star Conservative Guardian Award from the Texas Conservative Roundtable
    • 2013 Community Champion for Children, Child Advocacy Centers
    • 2012 Texas Association Realtors Abilene Chapter-Outstanding Citizen Award
    • 2011 TAM 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 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
    • Texas Rural Caucus, Vice Chair
    • Tourism Caucus
    • Farm to Table Caucus
    • Republican Caucus
    last updated on 10/17/2013