Personal Profile

Full Name John Zerwas
Age 59
Hometown Richmond
Race White
Occupation Physician
Education B.S., University of Houston; M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
Spouse: Cindy

Representative John Zerwas, M.D. is proud to represent the citizens of House District 28 in the Texas House of Representatives for his fourth legislative session. House District 28, currently one of the fastest growing regions in the State of Texas, is made up of a diverse mix of urban, suburban, and rural populations in northwestern Fort Bend County.

During his tenure in the legislature, Representative Zerwas has worked to increase transparency for health consumers and sought to save lives by updating our organ donation laws. In June 2011, Dr. Zerwas passed legislation designed to save Texas more than $400 million over the 2012-2013 biennium by making Medicaid more cost-effective and expanding Medicaid managed care. The measure also allows doctors to partner with hospitals and other health care groups to reach better outcomes. Representative Zerwas has earned numerous accolades for his dedication to public service including being named one of the "Ten Best Legislators" by Texas Monthly for his work during the 81st and 82nd legislative sessions. Among other recognitions, Representative Zerwas has been recognized by the Texas Medical Association as a "Friend of Medicine" and Texas Hospital Association as a "Texas Hospital Advocate" for his commitment to healthcare for Texans.

During this 83rd session, Representative Zerwas again serves on the House Appropriations Committee as Chair of the Health and Human Services subcommittee, also known as Article II of the state budget. Zerwas is humbled to serve as the Chairman of the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics. He was also appointed by Speaker Straus to the Human Services Committee. Representative Zerwas has twice served on the Conference Committee for Senate Bill 1, the state budget for the biennium. These committee assignments have allowed him to bring a unique perspective to the Texas Legislature.

A physician for more than 30 years, Representative Zerwas is one of three doctors in the Texas House of Representatives at a time when Health and Human Services is one of the fastest-growing areas of spending. Dr. Zerwas is the current President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. More than a decade ago, Dr. Zerwas co-founded a Houston area group practice which recently became known as US Anesthesia Partners, and he remains active in the operations of the partnership. He previously served as the President of the Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers and Chief Medical Officer of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System.

Representative Zerwas has long demonstrated a strong commitment to faith, family, and community. He helped form the First Colony Church of Christ, and was one of its first deacons. John also worked with the Boy Scouts of America to establish a troop in the Pecan Grove area. In the past he was very active in his children's high school booster clubs and served two terms as president of his homeowners' association.

John and his wife, Cindy, graduated from Bellaire High School in 1973 and were married in 1978. After graduating from the University of Houston, Representative Zerwas earned his Doctorate in Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 1980 and started a full-time private practice in 1985. John and Cindy have four children, John Jr., Joseph, Brandon, daughter-in-law Monica, Sherry, son-in-law Matthew, and two grandchildren, Isabella and Matthew.