Personal Profile


Full Name Charles Schwertner
Age 47
Hometown Georgetown
Race White
Occupation Orthopedic Surgeon
Education B.S., Pharmacy, University of Texas at Austin; MD, UT Medical Branch- Galveston
Spouse: Belinda
Religion Catholic
Church St. Helen’s Catholic Church

Senator Charles Schwertner is a physician, family man, business owner, and a life-long conservative. In 2010, Schwertner was first elected to serve the people of House District 20 as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. There, he quickly earned a reputation as a measured and effective legislator, working with his colleagues to pass one of the most conservative legislative agendas in Texas history.

In 2012, Schwertner won the Republican Primary for the Texas Senate (District 5) with nearly 75 percent of the vote. Senate District 5 is a ten-county region of Central and East Texas that includes Brazos, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Walker and Williamson Counties.

In the Texas Senate, Dr. Schwertner serves as a Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services; the committee responsible for setting public health policy for the state, regulating physicians and other health professions, and providing legislative oversight of the state's health-related agencies. Schwertner also serves as a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, Administration, Business & Commerce and State Affairs. In September 2013, Senator Schwertner was also named to the powerful Sunset Advisory Commission, a 12-member legislative body charged with providing a comprehensive periodic review of more than 150 state agencies.

For his leadership in the Texas Legislature, Senator Schwertner has been named a “Taxpayer Advocate” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, a “Fighter for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business, a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition, and a “Lone Star Conservative Leader” by the Texas Conservative Roundtable.

Charles comes from six generations of farming and ranching in Texas. In addition to his role in the Texas Legislature, Dr. Schwertner also works as a practicing orthopedic surgeon, treating thousands of patients in Williamson and Milam counties each year. He and his wife Belinda (an obstetrician/gynecologist) reside in Georgetown with their three sons: Carson, Zachary, and Matthew.

Information in this bio was provided by Schwertner 's office.
Last updated: July 26, 2017