Rodney "Doc" Anderson - Republican (Incumbent)
A graduate of the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Anderson has served as a small animal veterinarian in Waco since 1981. He and his wife Sandie have been married for 28 years and have one son Thomas and one grandson.
“Doc” began his involvement in the political process as an advocate for small business. He served on committees for the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Businesses and was appointed to the Texas Small Business Advisory Council by Governor Perry. In 1998 and 2000 he represented Texas as a delegate to the Congressional Small Business Summit in Washington, DC.
He was first elected to represent District 56 (Waco and 3/4ths of McLennan County) in 2004, 2006 and was re-elected for his third term in 2008. Representative Anderson sits on the Pensions, Investments & Financial Services and as Vice-Chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock committee for 3 terms and on the Rules & Resolutions committee. Additionally, he has been appointed to the statewide Agricultural Policy Council, the multinational Energy Council, and the National Conference of State Legislatures Committee on Agriculture, Energy, and the Environment. Dr. Anderson serves on the Community College Caucus, Rural Caucus, Veteran Caucus, Clean Air Caucus, Republican Caucus and Texas Conservative Coalition.
Representative Anderson introduced major legislation concerning school bus safety belts, Jessica’s Law, and a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote of the legislature in order to raise the 1% business franchise tax. In his first term, he successfully obtained partial funding for the construction of the new Company F Headquarters for the Texas Rangers, which will also house a public education center for the Rangers. During the 81st session Rep Anderson helped to secure funding for the Waco skate park and TSTC. Doc has introduced legislation to protect the integrity of our voting system threw voter ID. Also this session Rep Anderson received a A+ Rating with a100% score with Texas for Fiscal Reasonability. Doc was 1 of only the top 4 out of 150 State Reps. to receive this rating. This group supports limited government and protecting the tax payers rights. Doc received a A+ rating from the Texas Conservative Coalition and was #5 out of 150 along with 100% from Texas Eagle Forum Legislative Score Card. Texas State Reps. “Doc” has also been active as a leader in community organizations and in the veterinary medicine profession.
Committees: Agriculture & Livestock (Vice Chair), Economic & Small Business Development, and State & Federal Power & Responsibility