Personal Profile

Full Name Robert Deuell
Nickname "Bob"
Age 68
Hometown Greenville
Race White
Occupation Family Physician
Education BS, Biology, George Mason University; M.D., Medical College of Virginia.
Spouse: Marilyn
Religion Evangelical Christian

On January 8, 2013, Senator Robert F. "Bob" Deuell was again sworn-in to the Texas State Senate to represent the citizens of Texas Senate District Two, which includes Delta, Hopkins, Hunt, Rockwall, Kaufman, Fannin, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, and parts of Dallas county. This marks a decade of continuous service in the Texas Senate for Senator Deuell.

Sen. Deuell attended the University of North Texas, where he studied music, and later earned a degree in biology from George Mason University and his doctorate of medicine from the Medical College of Virginia. He has practiced as a board-certified family physician in Greenville for 25 years and also serves as an instructor for medical students and residents across the state.

While in office, Sen. Deuell has passed legislation covering a wide range of issues. During the 82nd Legislative Session, he passed bills to help with the detection, assessment and education of students with dyslexia (SB 866 and SB 867); increase the safety of student athletes by improving concussion detection and treatment guidelines (HB 2038); and ensure senior citizens have access to quality, affordable health care services that allows them maintain their independence (HB 2903). Other key pieces of legislation from Deuell's career include a measure to attract movie and television production to the state (81st Legislative Session); a bill authorizing additional tools to prosecute repeat drunk drivers (81st); and Jessica's Law, which that enacted some of the harshest punishments in the nation for child molesters (80th).

Senator Deuell has been recognized by a wide variety of organizations for his work including the Texas Medical Association, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, and the Texas Young Republican Federation, which named him Freshman Senator of the Year. He was also named to Texas Monthly's Ten Best Legislators list in 2007 and recognized again for his work during the 81st Legislative Session. In addition, Sen. Deuell received an A++ rating from the Texas Right to Life Committee and is A+ rated by the National Rifle Association.

Currently, Sen. Deuell serves as chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee, vice-chair of both the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services and the Senate Committee on State Affairs. He also sits on the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

Sen. Deuell is an avid outdoorsman and an accomplished musician. Before entering medical school in the late 1970s, Deuell enjoyed a career as a professional drummer and played behind such disparate artists as Ike & Tina Turner and Bob Hope. In January 2005 he sat in with the veteran Western Swing band Asleep at the Wheel at an inaugural ball for President George W. Bush. While much of his time today is taken up by his official duties and his medical practice, Deuell still plays the drums at church and when asked for charitable events.

As a lawmaker and physician, Sen. Deuell is both professionally and personally committed to health and physical fitness. In the past, he has completed the Boston Marathon and was a national qualifier in bicycle/running duathlon.

Most importantly, Senator Deuell has been married to his wife Marilyn for over 40 years. They have three grown children and recently celebrated the birth of their first grandchild.