State Senator Robert F. “Bob” Deuell, MD was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2002 when he defeated an incumbent Democrat and trial lawyer. He has been reelected by growing margins ever since, in 2006 and 2010.
Senator Deuell spent part of his childhood in Oak Cliff, raised by a mother who worked as a VA nurse in Dallas and later West Virginia. He attended the University of North Texas immediately after high school and then worked as a touring musician, playing the drums behind such diverse acts as Ike and Tina Turner and Bob Hope. After earning an undergraduate degree from George Mason University and an MD from the Medical College of Virginia, Bob, his wife Marilyn, and their three children returned to Texas in 1986.
Dr. Deuell began his medical career in Greenville at a federally-qualified health clinic and later became a partner with Primary Care Associates where he still practices as a family physician. Dr. Deuell also served on the board of Hunt County’s MHMR clinic. He was later elected to the Greenville ISD school board.
Since taking office, Senator Deuell has authored over 180 pieces of legislation, including the landmark Jessica’s Law, the nation’s toughest anti-pedophile statute. During the 82nd Legislature, Dr. Deuell assisted in cutting the state’s budget by more than $15 billion as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Deuell also serves on the Health and Human Services Committee, State Affairs Committee, and he is the Chairman of the Committee on Nominations. An avid outdoorsman, Senator Deuell also sits on the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. A staunch opponent of abortion, Dr. Deuell has been endorsed by the Texas Alliance for Life and has an A++ from Texas Right to Life. Senator Deuell has A+ ratings by both the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association; Bob and Marilyn have held CHLs since they were first issued.
Senator Deuell maintains his medical practice in Greenville in addition to his official duties in Senate District Two. He continues to play the drums for charitable events and as part of his church’s worship team.