Dr. Mark Shelton was elected to represent HD-97 in 2008 and currently serves on the Border and Intergovernmental Affairs, House Administration, and Public Education committees.
He cites as his legislative priorities improving the state's education system, enhancing border security, and protecting the rights of home owners. Shelton also has a special interest in health care, specifically health insurance that expands coverage and improvements to the CHIP and Medicaid programs.
Since 1988 Shelton has served as director of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Program at Cook Children's Medical Center. He was in charge of the Hospital Infection Control Program, the Pediatric AIDS Program, the Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Program and served as the director of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consultation Service. He was also vice president of the Cook Children's Physician Network during its inception, and served on the Cook Children's System Board.
In his community Shelton was a part of local organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America and the Ronald McDonald House. He has also served as president of the Lena Pope Home Board of Directors.
Shelton was raised in Arlington and graduated of Lamar High School. In 1979 he graduated Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Texas A&M University College of Medicine (now the Texas A&M Health Science Center) in 1983. He is double boarded in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
Shelton has been married to his wife Mary Ann for more than 25 years and has four children.