|Texas State House, District 56|
|2005 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|M.D.||Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine|
Anderson has worked as a Veterinarian with Anderson Veterinary Hospital since 1981, and is a rancher.
He is a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Energy, and the Environment with the National Conference of State Legislatures, Committee Member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Committee Member of the Texas Association of Business, and member of the Texas Small Business Advisory Council.
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, DC. He was first elected to represent District 56 (Waco and 3/4ths of McLennan County) in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006. This past session he served on the Financial Institutions committee and as Vice-Chairman of the Agriculture and Livestock committee. Additionally, he served on the statewide Agricultural Policy Council, the multistate Energy Council, and the National Conference of State Legislatures Committee on Agriculture, Energy, and the Environment.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Anderson served on the following committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture and Livestock, Vice-chair|
|• Investments & Financial Services|
|• Local & Consent Calendars|
Anderson served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:
|Texas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Agriculture and Livestock, Vice-chair|
|• Pensions, Investments & Financial Services|
- HB 126 - Relating to the addition of Salvia divinorum and its derivatives and extracts to Penalty Group 3 of the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
- HB 373 - Relating to requiring a voter to present proof of identification.
- HB 2765 - Relating to the authority of a veterinarian to fill certain prescriptions in an emergency.
- HB 3606 - Relating to election through secret ballot of a labor union as the exclusive bargaining representative.
Anderson won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 56. Anderson defeated Chris Decluitt and Raymond Hixson in the May 29 primary election and defeated Neill Snider (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 56, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Charles Anderson Incumbent||79.5%||38,528|
|Texas House of Representatives District 56 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Charles Anderson Incumbent||52.4%||9,353|
| Texas House of Representatives, District 56 |
2010 General election results
|Charles Anderson (R)||25,554||58.47%|
|John Mabry (D)||15,554||37.88%|
|Neill Snider (L)||1,591||3.64%|
On November 4, 2008, Anderson won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 56th district, defeating David Meine (L). Anderson received 44,067 votes in the election while Meine received 6,946 votes. Anderson raised $356,491 for his campaign.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 56|
|Charles Anderson (R)||44,067||86.38%|
|David Meine (L)||6,946||13.61%|
Anderson raised $55,829 for his campaign while Kilbride raised $0 and Keith raised $0.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 56 (2006)|
|Charles Anderson (R)||27,961|
|Tom Kilbride (L)||7,556|
Anderson raised $625,563 for his campaign while Anderson raised $484,506.
|Texas House of Representatives, District 56 (2004)|
|Charles Anderson (R)||31,042|
|Donald Keith (L)||873|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
Anderson raised a total of $647,313 in 2010. Below are Anderson's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:
|Joe R Straus III Campaign||$270,000|
|Straus III, Joe R||$77,500|
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$63,890|
|Texas House Leadership Fund||$27,000|
In the 2008 election, Anderson raised a total of $356,491.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Leininger, James R||$50,000|
|Perry, Bob J||$42,000|
|Texans for Rick Perry||$25,000|
|Texas Veterinary Medical Association||$14,500|
|5 Donors, Each Donating||$10,000|
In the 2006 election, Anderson raised a total of $55,829. 
His five largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Texas Veterinary Medical Association||$7,425|
|Robinson, C Clifton||$2,000|
|8 Donors, Each Donating $1,000||$1,000|
In the 2004 election, Anderson raised a total of $625,563. 
His five largest contributors in 2004 were:
|Texans for Lawsuit Reform||$364,693|
|Texas Republican Party||$30,981|
|Perry, Bob J||$25,000|
|Heavin, H Gary & Diane||$15,000|
In his 2002 failed primary bid, Anderson raised a total of $49,292. 
His four largest contributors in 2002 were:
|Anderson, Charles “Doc”||$10,000|
|Texas Veterinary Medical Association||$9,900|
|Waco Printing CO INC||$2,847|
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index
Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy." Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.
Charles Anderson received a grade of B+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.
- 2011 Taxpayer Advocate. Aderson was named a "2011 Taxpayer Advocate," which is "An award presented to by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility to legislators based on their strong rating on the most recent Fiscal Responsibility Index."
Anderson graduated from the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, and has served as a small animal veterinarian in Waco since 1981. He and his wife Sandie have been married for 27 years and have one son and one grandson.
- Charles Anderson's campaign website
- Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Anderson
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Official Campaign Contributions
- Campaign Contributions: 2010 2008, 2006, 2002
- Freedom Speaks profile
- Texas State Directory profile
- Texas Political Almanac HD 56 profile
- Texas Tribune profile & bio
- Vote-TX.org profile
- State Surge profile
- Texas Conservative Coalition profile
- Charles Anderson on Facebook
- Charles Anderson on Twitter
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Anderson
- ↑ Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Anderson
- ↑ Texas GOP list of candidates for 2012 Elections
- ↑ Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- ↑ Official Texas Election Results
- ↑ Texas House official election results for 2008
- ↑ District 56 Texas House candidate funds, 2008
- ↑ Texas House official election results for 2006
- ↑ District 56 Texas House candidate funds, 2006
- ↑ Texas House official election results for 2004
- ↑ District 56 Texas House candidate funds, 2004
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2006 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2004 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2002 Campaign contributions
- ↑ Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
- ↑ Empower Texans, "2011 Taxpayer Advocates
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