Charles Anderson (Texas politician)

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Charles “Doc” Anderson (born June 29, 1945) is a veterinarian and a Texas state politician from Waco. He is a member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he represents Texas House District 56.[1][2] He was first elected in the 2004 Texas State Election, and was reelected in 2006 and 2008. Anderson is a member of the Republican Party.

A graduate of the Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine, Anderson has served as a small animal veterinarian in Waco since 1981. He and his wife, Sandie, have one son, Thomas, and one grandson.

Anderson began his involvement in the political process as an advocate for small business. He served on committees for the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Businesses and was appointed to the Texas Small Business Advisory Council by Governor Perry. In 1998 and 2000 he represented Texas as a delegate to the Congressional Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C.

He was first elected to represent District 56 (Waco and 3/4ths of McLennan County) in 2004, 2006 and was re-elected for his third term in 2008. Anderson sits on the Pensions, Investments & Financial Services and as Vice-Chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock committee for three terms and on the Rules & Resolutions committee. Additionally, he has been appointed to the statewide Agricultural Policy Council, the multinational Energy Council, and the National Conference of State Legislatures Committee on Agriculture, Energy, and the Environment. Anderson serves on the Community College Caucus, Rural Caucus, Veteran Caucus, Clean Air Caucus, Republican Caucus and Texas Conservative Coalition.

Anderson introduced major legislation concerning school bus safety belts, Jessica’s Law, and a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote of the legislature in order to raise the 1% business franchise tax. In his first term, he successfully obtained partial funding for the construction of the new Company F Headquarters for the Texas Rangers, which will also house a public education center for the Rangers. During the 81st session Rep Anderson helped to secure funding for the Waco skate park and TSTC. Anderson has also been active as a leader in community organizations and in the veterinary medicine profession.

In 2008, Anderson won Republican renomination over Jonathan Sibley, a son of former State Senator David McAdams Sibley, Sr., also of Waco.[3]


  1. ^ "Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson". Texas House of Representatives. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "State Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson District 56 (R-Waco)". Texas Tribune. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Texas Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2008". Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2010.