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}}{{TOCnestright}}'''John Zerwas''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Texas House of Representatives]], representing District 28 since 2007.
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}}{{TOCnestright}}'''John Zerwas''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Texas House of Representatives]],  
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representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.
Zerwas is the Chief Medical Officer for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and is a physician.
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He is an Initiator for the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1656, Deacon/Founder of the First Colony Church of Christ, and President of a homeowners association.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=56718 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Zerwas]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
After graduating the University of Houston, Zerwas earned his doctorate in medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 1980 and started a full-time private practice in 1985.
 
After graduating the University of Houston, Zerwas earned his doctorate in medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 1980 and started a full-time private practice in 1985.
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Zerwas is the Chief Medical Officer for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and is a physician.
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He is an Initiator for the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1656, Deacon/Founder of the First Colony Church of
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Christ, and President of a homeowners association.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=56718 Project
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Vote Smart - Rep. Zerwas]</ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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==Issues==
 
===Sponsored legislation===
 
===Sponsored legislation===
 
*HB 276 - Relating to the requirement that state agencies report the cost of services and benefits provided to undocumented immigrants.
 
*HB 276 - Relating to the requirement that state agencies report the cost of services and benefits provided to undocumented immigrants.
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*HB 641 - Relating to the abolition of the Texas Transportation Commission and the creation of a commissioner of transportation as an elected statutory state officer.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?ID=author&LegSess=81R&Code=A5170 Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Zerwas]</ref>
 
*HB 641 - Relating to the abolition of the Texas Transportation Commission and the creation of a commissioner of transportation as an elected statutory state officer.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Reports/Report.aspx?ID=author&LegSess=81R&Code=A5170 Texas Legislature - Bills Authored/Joint Authored by Rep. Zerwas]</ref>
  
==Issues==
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===Campaign themes===
On his website, Zerwas provides a brief overview of his positions on five issues:<ref>[http://www.johnzerwas.com/workingForTexas John Zerwas ''Working for Texas'']</ref>
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====2012====
*Lower Property taxes - "I will work to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that will limit [property tax] increases to 5 percent a year."
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Zerwas's website highlighted the following campaign themes:<ref>[http://www.johnzerwas.com/workingForTexas  
*Quality Education - "I will press for further reform to ensure that additional money goes into the classroom, not the bureaucracy, and that students are taught the basics."
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John Zerwas ''Working for Texas'']</ref>
*Immigration Control - "Due to the federal government's failure to secure our border, we expanded state efforts to cut off common crossing areas, implemented new technology to identify where the leaks are and increased penalties on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. I support increased efforts in all these areas and more, including laws that require photo ID at the polls and prevent illegal immigrants from getting Texas driver's licenses."
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*Lower Property taxes - "I will work to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that will limit  
*Property rights - "I strongly supported the Republican-led efforts that limited the government's power under eminent domain to take a person's property for private development and enacted a Landowner's Bill of Rights that protects land owners from abusive government practices."
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[property tax] increases to 5 percent a year."
*Government spending - "We must limit government's ability to grow faster than the combined rates of inflation and population growth, ensure greater transparency in budgeting and spending, and prevent revenue raised from a specific tax from being used on anything other than its intended purpose."
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*Quality Education - "I will press for further reform to ensure that additional money goes into the  
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classroom, not the bureaucracy, and that students are taught the basics."
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*Immigration Control - "Due to the federal government's failure to secure our border, we expanded state  
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efforts to cut off common crossing areas, implemented new technology to identify where the leaks are and  
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increased penalties on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. I support increased efforts in all  
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these areas and more, including laws that require photo ID at the polls and prevent illegal immigrants from  
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getting Texas driver's licenses."
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*Property rights - "I strongly supported the Republican-led efforts that limited the government's power  
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under eminent domain to take a person's property for private development and enacted a Landowner's Bill of  
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Rights that protects land owners from abusive government practices."
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*Government spending - "We must limit government's ability to grow faster than the combined rates of  
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inflation and population growth, ensure greater transparency in budgeting and spending, and prevent revenue  
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raised from a specific tax from being used on anything other than its intended purpose."
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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==Recent news==
 
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''John + Zerwas + Texas + House'''
 
:''All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.''
 
<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=John+Zerwas+Texas+House+&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=John Zerwas News Feed</rss>
 
  
 
==Scorecards==
 
==Scorecards==
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John and his wife, Cindy, graduated from Bellaire High School in 1973 and were married in 1978. They have four children, John Jr., Joseph, Brandon, Sherry, and a son-in-law Matthew.
 
John and his wife, Cindy, graduated from Bellaire High School in 1973 and were married in 1978. They have four children, John Jr., Joseph, Brandon, Sherry, and a son-in-law Matthew.
  
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==Recent news==
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term '''John + Zerwas + Texas + House'''
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.''
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<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=John+Zerwas+Texas+House+&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=John Zerwas News Feed</rss>
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://www.johnzerwas.com/ John Zerwas campaign website]
 
*[http://www.johnzerwas.com/ John Zerwas campaign website]
*[http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/dist28/welcome.htm Texas House of Representatives - Rep. Zerwas]  
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*[http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=28 Texas House of Representatives - Rep.  
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Zerwas]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=56718 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=56718 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=56718 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=56718 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/php/filer.php?acct=00060452spac Official Campaign Contributions-Committee]
 
*[http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/php/filer.php?acct=00060452spac Official Campaign Contributions-Committee]
 
*Follow the Money, Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=117654 2010][http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=112158 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=94323 2006]
 
*Follow the Money, Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=117654 2010][http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=112158 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=94323 2006]
*[http://www.freedomspeaks.com/official/70899/texas-(tx)-state-representative-john-zerwas-%5Btx-house-of-representatives%5D Freedom Speaks profile]
 
 
*[http://www.txdirectory.com/online/person/?id=28282 Texas State Directory profile]
 
*[http://www.txdirectory.com/online/person/?id=28282 Texas State Directory profile]
 
*[http://www.gregsopinion.com/pedia/index.php?title=HD28 Texas Political Almanac profile]
 
*[http://www.gregsopinion.com/pedia/index.php?title=HD28 Texas Political Almanac profile]

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John Zerwas
John Zerwas.jpg
Texas State House, District 28
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
John Zerwas is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives,

representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

After graduating the University of Houston, Zerwas earned his doctorate in medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 1980 and started a full-time private practice in 1985.

Zerwas is the Chief Medical Officer for the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and is a physician.

He is an Initiator for the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1656, Deacon/Founder of the First Colony Church of Christ, and President of a homeowners association.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Zerwas served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
General Investigating & Ethics, Chair
Human Services

2011-2012

Zerwas served on the following Texas House of Representatives committees:

Issues

  • HB 276 - Relating to the requirement that state agencies report the cost of services and benefits provided to undocumented immigrants.
  • HB 492 - Relating to the expansion of faith- and community-based health and human services and social services initiatives.
  • HB 497 - Relating to a study to determine the effect on the health care infrastructure in this state if the state Medicaid program is abolished or a severe reduction in federal matching money under the program occurs.
  • HB 641 - Relating to the abolition of the Texas Transportation Commission and the creation of a commissioner of transportation as an elected statutory state officer.[2]

Campaign themes

2012

Zerwas's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Lower Property taxes - "I will work to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that will limit

[property tax] increases to 5 percent a year."

  • Quality Education - "I will press for further reform to ensure that additional money goes into the

classroom, not the bureaucracy, and that students are taught the basics."

  • Immigration Control - "Due to the federal government's failure to secure our border, we expanded state

efforts to cut off common crossing areas, implemented new technology to identify where the leaks are and increased penalties on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. I support increased efforts in all these areas and more, including laws that require photo ID at the polls and prevent illegal immigrants from getting Texas driver's licenses."

  • Property rights - "I strongly supported the Republican-led efforts that limited the government's power

under eminent domain to take a person's property for private development and enacted a Landowner's Bill of Rights that protects land owners from abusive government practices."

  • Government spending - "We must limit government's ability to grow faster than the combined rates of

inflation and population growth, ensure greater transparency in budgeting and spending, and prevent revenue raised from a specific tax from being used on anything other than its intended purpose."

Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Zerwas ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 28. Zerwas ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election. He was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

2010

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Zerwas won re-election to the 28th District seat, defeating Democratic candidate Wayne Raasch in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6] He had no opposition in the March 2nd primary.

Texas House of Representatives, District 28
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Zerwas (R) 44,094 71.43%
Wayne Raasch (D) 17,628 28.56%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Zerwas won re-election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 28th District, defeating Dorothy Bottos (D) and M. Stephen Lucas (L).[7]

Zerwas raised $345,950 for his campaign while Bottos raised $12,531 and Lucas raised $0.[8]

Texas House of Representatives, District 28 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Zerwas (R) 50,824
Dorothy Bottos (D) 32,089
M. Stephen Lucas (L) 1,484

2006

On November 4, 2006, Zerwas won election to the Texas House of Representatives from Texas's 28th District, defeating Dorothy Bottos (D). [9]

Zerwas raised $476,035 for his campaign while Bottos raised $23,370.[10]

Texas House of Representatives, District 28 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Zerwas (R) 50,824
Dorothy Bottos (D) 32,089

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

Zerwas raised a total of $428,668 in 2010. Below are Zerwas's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[11]

Contributor 2010 total
Texas Society of Anesthesiologists $20,017
Plowman, Glenn $13,750
Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice $12,500
Border Health $7,500
Texas Health & Science Pac $5,500

2008

In the 2008 election, Zerwas raised a total of $345,950.[12]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Society Of Anesthesiologists $17,500
Perry, Bob J $17,500
Winne, James $14,500
Greater Houston Anesthesiology $12,000
Texas Medical Association $10,000

2006

In the 2006 election, Zerwas raised a total of $476,035. [13]

His five largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Society Of Anesthesiologists $33,750
Texas Medical Association $25,274
Zerwas, John $25,000
Greater Houston Anesthesiology $20,000
John Zerwas Campaign $16,356

Scorecards

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."[14] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

2011

John Zerwas received a grade of C+ on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

John and his wife, Cindy, graduated from Bellaire High School in 1973 and were married in 1978. They have four children, John Jr., Joseph, Brandon, Sherry, and a son-in-law Matthew.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term John + Zerwas + Texas + House

All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.

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External links

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