Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

Rep. Bill Zedler District 96 (R-Arlington)

Industry
Sales
Education
M.B.A., Sam Houston State University
Spouse
Ellen
Committees
  • Defense & Veterans' Affairs
  • Public Health
Financial Statements

Sources of Income

  • Zedler has worked in medical equipment sales for several different companies in the health care industry, most recently Baxter Health Care Corp. of Deerfield, Ill. He currently receives retirement pay from Baxter.

  • His wife, Ellen Zedler, is a legal administrator with Bedford-based law firm Bailey & Gaylen.

Property

  • Residential property in Arlington valued at $337,400

  • Property that his wife co-owns in League City valued at $1,009

Analysis

  • He was fined $200 by the Texas Ethics Commission in 2011 for failing to properly report political contributions and failing to include a digitized signature on campaign finance reports. He was fined $100 by the commission in 2008 for inaccurate disclosure statements on campaign communications.

  • Zedler requested confidential records from the Texas Medical Board in order to defend doctors subject to misconduct hearings. At least two of the doctors — who were not his constituents — had given to his campaign. Zedler said he acted to defend doctors he believes were wrongly the subjects of misconduct investigations by the board.

  • He has filed several bills related to the health care field, including bills that would have weakened the Texas Medical Board, allowed injured workers to seek second opinions on workplace injuries and broadened the pool of doctors that could be reimbursed by the state's worker's compensation program. These bills failed to pass.