Texas House Member

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

Bills Authored/Sponsored 84th Legislature:


Counties Represented:

Jones, Nolan, Taylor


Member Press Releases

Press Conferences:

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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.

Rep. King serves on the House Appropriations Committee, currently, serving on Appropriations Article I Subcommittee on General Government, Judiciary, Criminal Justice and Public Safety. Previously she served on Appropriations Article II Subcommittee on Health & Human Services and Appropriations Article III on General Education. She is also a member of the Public Health for four terms. Currently she chairs the Interim Select Committee on Health Care Education and Workforce. Previous committee assignments 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 Health Human Services.

King, a native Houstonian, moved to West Texas in 1979 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 Texas Heart Institute. Currently, Rep. King is co-owner and Director of Nursing and staff nurse at Elm Place Ambulatory Surgical Center in Abilene.

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

Community service includes many aspects of involvement in the local arts and theatre community, her church and fundraising and being a volunteering for the Boy Scouts. Rep. King and her husband, Austin King, MD have three grown children and four grandchildren.


Selected Awards Include:

  • 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:

  • Fine Arts Caucus
  • Texas Conservative Coalition, Board Member
  • Texas Rural Caucus, Vice Chair
  • Tourism Caucus
  • Farm to Table Caucus
  • Republican Caucus
  • House Research Organization, Board Member

last updated on 01/30/2015