On January 14, 2003, Senator Robert F. "Bob" Deuell was sworn-in to the Texas State Senate to represent the citizens of Senate District Two, which includes Delta, Hopkins, Hunt, Rockwall, Kaufman, Fannin, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, and the eastern precincts of Dallas County. Sen. Deuell was unopposed for reelection in 2012 to his fourth full term.
Sen. Deuell attended the University of North Texas, where he studied music. Later, he earned a degree in biology from George Mason University and his doctorate of medicine from the Medical College of Virginia. He has practiced as a board-certified family physician in Greenville for 25 years and also serves as an instructor for medical students and residents across the state.
While in office, Sen. Deuell has passed legislation covering a wide range of issues.
During the 83rd Legislature, he led the way on important economic development issues for Texas' surging economy, also putting in place important taxpayer protections for the state's economic grant funds. He stood in the center of the debate over protecting women's health and that of unborn babies with his bill to upgrade abortion facilities to ambulatory surgery centers -- a measure that was ultimately included in the omnibus HB 2 which passed during the Second Special Session of the 83rd Legislature.
During the 82nd Legislative Session, he passed bills to help with the detection, assessment and education of students with dyslexia (SB 866 and SB 867); increase the safety of student athletes by improving concussion detection and treatment guidelines (HB 2038); and ensure senior citizens have access to quality, affordable health care services that allows them maintain their independence (HB 2903). Other key pieces of legislation from Deuell's career include a measure to attract movie and television production to the state (81st Legislative Session); a bill authorizing additional tools to prosecute repeat drunk drivers (81st); and Jessica's Law, which that enacted some of the harshest punishments in the nation for child molesters (80th).
Senator Deuell has been recognized by a wide variety of organizations for his work, including the Texas Medical Association, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, and the Texas Young Republican Federation, which named him Freshman Senator of the Year. He was also named to Texas Monthly's Ten Best Legislators list in 2007 and was recognized again for his work during the 81st Legislative Session. In addition, Sen. Deuell has received the Defender of Life award from the Texas Alliance for Life. He is A+ rated by the National Rifle Association.
Currently, Sen. Deuell serves as chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee and vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services. He also sits on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate State Affairs Committee and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. He is past chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and the Senate Republican Caucus.
Sen. Deuell is an avid outdoorsman and an accomplished musician. Before entering medical school in the late 1970s, Deuell enjoyed a career as a professional drummer and played behind a wide-range of artists such as Ike & Tina Turner and Bob Hope. In January 2005 he sat in with the veteran Western Swing band Asleep at the Wheel at an inaugural ball for President George W. Bush. While much of his time today is taken up by his official duties and his medical practice, Deuell still plays the drums at church and for charitable events.
As a lawmaker and physician, Sen. Deuell is both professionally and personally committed to health and physical fitness. In the past, he has completed the Boston Marathon and was a national qualifier in bicycle/running duathlon.
Most importantly, Senator Deuell has been married to his wife Marilyn for 43 years. They have three grown children.