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Physician and State Representative Mark Shelton Announces For Senate District 10

Congresswoman Kay Granger & over 100 conservative leaders and doctors unite behind Shelton campaign

Ft. Worth Republican State Representative Mark Shelton today announced his campaign for State Senate District 10 with endorsements from over 100 Tarrant County leaders, doctors, local elected officials, and Congresswoman Kay Granger.

Shelton, a pediatrician with Cook Children’s Hospital, was first elected to the Texas House in 2008, where he currently serves on the Committees on Appropriations and Public Education.

“I’m running for Senate District 10 because like the dozens of local conservative leaders who’ve honored me with their endorsement, I understand that Tarrant County needs effective and conservative representation in the Texas Senate.” As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Shelton helped create a balanced budget without raising taxes, despite a record $27 billion shortfall.

A vocal opponent of Obamacare, Shelton filed legislation during the 82nd Legislative Session highlighting the unbearable cost of the Federal Health Care law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) to Texas taxpayers.

While working to balance the budget, Shelton also pushed to prioritize spending, increase funding for border security and passed legislation protecting victims of human trafficking.

As a member of the Public Education Committee, Shelton passed legislation to remove unfunded state mandates from local school districts allowing local districts more flexibility to work with parents and teachers to craft education policy at the community level.

From 1988 until taking office in November 2008, Shelton served as the Director of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Program at Cook Children’s Medical Center, where he was in charge of the Hospital Infection Control Program, the Pediatric AIDS Program, the Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Program, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consultation Service. He has also served as vice president of the Cook Children’s Physician Network and as a board member of the Cook Children’s System. He remains a practicing physician at Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Shelton has also been active with the Boy Scouts of America, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Lena Pope Home, where he has served as president of the board. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University and went on to attend the Texas A&M University College of Medicine (now the Texas A&M Health Science Center), receiving his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1983. He is double-boarded in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Shelton and his wife Mary Ann have been married for 29 years, and they have four children: Richard, Andrew, Peter, and Betsy. His son, Peter, is currently attending the United States Naval Academy.