|Full Name||Charles Anderson|
|Education||B.A., D.V.M., Texas A&M University|
Charles "Doc" Anderson has represented HD-56 since 2005 and is the current vice chairman of the House Agriculture and Livestock Committee. A Waco veterinarian since 1981, Anderson also sits on the Local & Consent Calendars Committee.
He has also been appointed to the statewide Agricultural Policy Council, the multistate Energy Council, and the National Conference of State Legislatures Committee on Agriculture, Energy, and the Environment.
Anderson cites as some of his most significant legislative accomplishments his 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 percent business franchise tax.
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 on the famous law enforcement agency.
Anderson 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 Gov. Rick Perry. In 1998 and 2000 he represented Texas as a delegate to the Congressional Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C.
Anderson also lead legislative opposition to the building of 18 pulverized coal plants in the Waco area and introduced a moratorium bill to delay the permitting process while seeking incentives for "clean coal" projects. The Dallas Morning News called Anderson "courageous" for his stand against the coal plants, and he was also recognized by Texas Monthly for the same effort.
A graduate of the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, Anderson also raises cattle at his ranch in McLennan County and has been married to wife Sandie for more than 25 years. The couple has one son and one grandson.