AUSTIN — Texas Senator Charles Schwertner is asking to no longer serve as Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Sen. Schwertner sent a letter to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on Friday, stating that he has asked not to serve as chair of the committee during this legislative session.

You can read the full text of the letter below:

"Lieutenant Governor Patrick,

As a physician and Senator, it has been a great honor being Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Per our discussions, I have asked not to serve in that capacity this session so that I can work and lead on other policy issues for my district as well as spend more time with my family. I look forward to a great session working for the citizens of Senate District 5.

Sincerely,

Charles Schwertner

State Senator"

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