Personal Profile

Full Name John Zerwas
Age 62
Hometown Richmond
Race White
Occupation Physician
Education B.S., University of Houston; M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
Spouse: Sylvia

John Zerwas is the representative of Texas’ House District 28. The district includes northwestern Fort Bend County.

Zerwas is serving as the chair of the Higher Education Committee. He also sits on the Public Health Committee.

He previously served on the Appropriations Committee as Chair of the Health and Human Services subcommittee, also known as Article II of the state budget. The 83rd legislative session marked Zerwas' third term as subcommittee chairman. He was previously chair of the General Investigating and Ethics Committee, and he is also a member of the Human Services Committee and the House Select Committee on Fiscal Impact of Texas Border Support Operations. Representative Zerwas has twice served on the Conference Committee for the state budget.

Zerwas has worked as a physician for more than 30 years. Zerwas is the immediate past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. More than a decade ago, he co-founded a Houston area group practice which recently became known as US Anesthesia Partners, and he remains active in the operations of the partnership. He previously served as the President of the Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers and Chief Medical Officer of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System.

Zerwas has earned numerous accolades for his dedication to public service including being named one of the "Ten Best Legislators" by Texas Monthly for his work during the 81st and 82nd legislative sessions. Among other recognitions, Representative Zerwas has been recognized by the Texas Medical Association as a "Friend of Medicine" and Texas Hospital Association as a "Texas Hospital Advocate" for his commitment to healthcare for Texans.

He and his late wife, Cindy, graduated from Bellaire High School in 1973 and were married in 1978. After graduating from the University of Houston, Representative Zerwas earned his Doctorate in Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 1980 and started a full-time private practice in 1985. Zerwas and his wife have four children, John Jr., Joseph, Brandon, daughter-in-law Monica, Sherry, son-in-law Matthew, and two grandchildren, Isabella and Matthew.

Information in this bio was provided by Zerwas's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.