Capitol Watch is a bipartisan, legislative/political action committee that educates Alliance members about legislative issues affecting medicine and community health and provides opportunities to advocate on behalf of the family of medicine.
Activities may include:
First Tuesdays in the District: Small group, relationship building meetings with local legislators in conjunction with the TCMS, held when the legislature is not in session.
First Tuesdays at the Capitol: TMA’s bi-annual grassroots lobbying program, where physicians, Alliance members and medical students from across the state converge on the Capitol to meet with their legislators during each session.
Biennial Legislative Party: This informal reception, begun in 2007 by the TCMA, is yet another way for Alliance and Medical Society members to meet and build relationships with local legislators. The party is held every two years in January, at the beginning of each legislative session.
TEXPAC membership: Please also consider membership in TEXPAC, the political arm of the TMA. TEXPAC plays a vital role in helping elect physician friendly candidates; informing members about medicine and health related issues, and influencing how medical laws are written. For more information or to join, visit: www.texpac.org.
Share Concerns of Patients and Doctors
From Medicaid to tort reform to health insurance, this committee keeps you informed on the issues that matter. Maintaining longstanding relationships with legislators ensures medicine has a voice in the legislative process
State Legislative Contacts
Greg Abbott (R) 512-463-2000 (f) 512-463-1849
email: www.governor.state.tx.us (click “Contact,” then choose “I need assistance”)
Dan Patrick (R) (o) 512-463-0001 (f) 512-463-0677 email: email@example.com
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Dennis Bonnan (R) His office is 2W.13 in the State Capitol; P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768; 512-463-1000.
(email format: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Charles Schwertner, MD (R) – District 5 (o) 512-463-0105
Sarah Eckhardt (D) – District 14 (o) 512-463-0114
Judith Zaffirini (D) – District 21 (o) 512-463-0121
Donna Campbell, MD (R) – District 25 (o) 512-463-0013
(email format: email@example.com)
Terry Wilson (R) District 20 (o) 512-463-0309 (f) 512-463-
Erin Zweiner (D) District 45 (o) 512-463-0647 (f) 512-463-3573
Sheryl Cole (D) District 46 (o) 512-463-0506 (f) 512-463-7864
Vikki Goodwin (D) District 47 (o) 512-463-0652 (f) 512-463-0565
Donna Howard (D) District 48 (o) 512-463-0631 (f) 512-463-0901
Gina Hinojosa (D) District 49 (o) 512-463-0668 (f) 512-463-8022
Celia Israel (D) District 50 (o) 512-463-0821 (f) 512-463-1199
Eddie Rodriguez (D) District 51 (o) 512-463-0674 (f) 512-463-0314
James Talarico (D) District 52 (o) 512-463-0670 (f) 512-463-1469
John Bucy, III (D) District 136 (o) 512-463-0696 (f) 512-463-9333
Federal Legislative Contacts
John Cornyn (R) (o) 202-224-2934 (f) 202-2282856
email: www.cornyn.senate.gov (click “Contact,” then choose “Contact Form”)
Ted Cruz (R) (o) 202-224-5922 (f) 202-228-0755
email: www.cruz.senate.gov (click “Contact Ted”)
Michael McCaul (R) District 10 (o) 202-225-2401 (f) 202-225-5955 email: www.mccaul.house.gov (click “Contact Us,” then scroll to bottom of page)
Chip Roy (R) – District 21 (o) 202-225-4236 (f) 202-225-8628 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Carter (R) – District 31 (o) 202-225-3864 (f) 202-225-5886
email: www.carter.house.gov (click “Email John")
Lloyd Doggett (D) – District 35 (o) 202-225-4865 (f) 202-225-3073 email: www.doggett.house.gov (click “Contact Lloyd,” then “Write to Congressman”
Guidelines for Effective Communications with Elected Officials
1. Personal visits and individual letters mailed to elected officials are usually the most effective means to communicate. However, when time is of the essence, and you wish to get a message to the official quickly, you can email or phone the office.
2. Make your letter one page or less, and include your return address and phone number.
3. Identify your subject matter and try to limit your correspondence to one issue at a time.
4. Keep your tone respectful and non-argumentative.
5. Please try to visit local legislators at least once during the session and to write at least one letter to your elected officials regarding issues most important to you and your medical family.
6. Be sure to write a thank you note after you have corresponded with a legislator and/or his staff person. And, keep in mind that staff persons should receive the same respect you would show the elected official.
If you do not know who represents you locally, see www.house.state.tx.us and click on “How do I find out who represents me?” If you do not know who represents you in Washington, go to www.house.gov and type in your zip code.
See www.texmed.org for the most current information regarding TMA’s positions on public policy measures affecting Medicine.