Democrat Libby Willis received the endorsement of TEXPAC, the political action committee for the Texas Medical Association, in her bid to win the open Tarrant County-based Senate District 10 seat.
“We are confident Libby will work to protect the vitally important patient-physician relationship in Texas, keeping the government, big insurance, and other parties out of physicians’ exam rooms," said TEXPAC District Chairman Robert J. Rogers, a Fort Worth allergist, in a statement. “Libby also understands our medical students must be able to finish their residency training in Texas so they will put down roots to care for Texas patients. We know she will fight to increase graduate medical education funding, to ensure our young doctors can stay here.”
Willis is a Fort Worth community leader and is the daughter-in-law of former state lawmaker Doyle Willis. She won a contested Democratic primary to earn her party's nomination to succeed Wendy Davis, who is running for governor. Willis is competing against the Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite, Konni Burton, in the general election.
Senate District 10 is considered the sole swing seat in the Texas Senate.
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