Personal Profile

Full Name Charles Anderson
Nickname "Doc"
Age 72
Hometown Waco
Race White
Occupation Veterinarian
Education B.A., D.V.M., Texas A&M University

A graduate of the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, Doc Anderson has served as a small animal veterinarian in Waco since 1981. He and his late wife Sandy, were married for 34 years and have a son.

After over 20 years of advocacy for small business through statewide committees on both the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Business, as well as appointment by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Small Business Advisory Council, Doc was elected to represent District 56 (Waco & McLennan County) in 2004. He has been re-elected seven times.

Representative Anderson currently serves as Vice-Chairman for the House Committee on Energy, and previously served for 6 terms as Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock. In addition, he has served on the House Committee on Elections, House Administration, Economic & Small Business Development, and the House Select Interim Committee on Energy & Environment. Additionally, he holds appointments to the statewide Agricultural Policy Council, the multinational Energy Council, and agricultural, energy, and environmental task forces in both the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) and American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Representative Anderson is a Board Member of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI), and the international organization State Agricultural and Rural Leaders (SARL).

Legislative highlights include: securing new headquarters funding for Company F of the Texas Rangers in Waco, major legislation concerning school bus safety belts, punishment for child predators (Jessica's Law), legislation banning the hallucinogen salvia divinorum, and a Constitutional Amendment approved by voters in 2011 to extend property tax exemptions to the surviving spouse of veterans who had already gained such exemption due to their 100%, service-connected disability.

For his efforts to preserve and enhance key local and state institutions, such as the Waco Center for Youth, Texas State Technical College, and rural transportation networks throughout Texas, Rep. Anderson has been honored in 2013 by the Cenikor Foundation, the Association for Community Transit, and the Texas Auctioneers Association Legislator of the Year. He is also consistently ranked in the top tier of organizations dedicated to reviewing "pocketbook" issues for Texas taxpayers, including Texas Conservative Coalition, Americans for Prosperity, the Texas Association of Business, and Young Conservatives of Texas. He was also awarded the 2014 Rising Star Award for being an outstanding alumnus of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Information in this bio was provided by Anderson 's office.
Last updated: July 24, 2017