Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

January 9, 2007
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

Deuell Sworn in for Second Term in Texas Senate

80th Legislative Session Opens in Austin

AUSTIN -- As the 80th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature began at the State Capitol in Austin, Senator Robert F. Deuell (R-Greenville) was sworn in today for his second term in the Texas Senate. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst presided over the ceremony and Wallace Jefferson, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, administered the Oath of Office.

This will be the third regular session for Senator Deuell and he said he is looking forward to continuing the work that was started during the interim.

“We have been studying issues and working on various charges during interim committee hearings,” Deuell said. “Now we get to complete the work we started.”

“Of course writing the state budget is always a top priority, and I’m happy to see preliminary reports that indicate we are in pretty good fiscal shape going into the next biennium,” Deuell said. “As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues to craft a budget that meets the state’s needs while being fair to the taxpayers.”

One issue Senator Deuell has paid particular attention to during this interim is Medicaid reform.

“Medicaid is taking an increasing toll on our state resources,” Deuell said. “I have worked with several legislators who are committed to finding solutions to this problem and we will address it during this session.”

“I think my background as a family physician, as well as my service on the Senate Finance Committee and Health and Human Services Committee gives me good background and perspective on the issue,” Deuell said. “I have spent the last year traveling around the country to see how other states are dealing with the problems posed by increases in Medicaid spending, and I am confident we can find a working solution in Texas that will lead the nation.”

In addition to the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Deuell serves as Vice-Chair of both the Health and Human Services Committee and Senate Nominations Committee. Senator also serves on the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, and is Vice-Chair of the Rural Caucus.