Rep. Susan King to Speak at McMurry University Spring 2016 Commencement on May 7

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, May 4, 2016 10:22 AM
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Abilene, TX

Texas State Rep. Susan King will be the guest speaker for the McMurry University Commencement at 10 a.m. on May 7 in Hunt P.E. Center. McMurry will confer degrees on 194 seniors at the event.

Rep. King is a fifth-term Member of the Texas House of Representatives serving District 71, which is comprised of Taylor, Nolan and Jones Counties in West Central Texas. She is currently seeking office as the Republican candidate for District 24 Texas State Senate.

She was appointed as the Chair of the House Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee and as a member of the House Human Services Committee. Previously, Rep. King served on the House Appropriations Committee and was assigned to the subcommittees of; Articles I, IV and V (General Government, Judiciary, Criminal Justice and Public Safety), Article II (Health & Human Services) and Appropriations Article III (General Education). She was also a member of the House Public Health Committee for four terms. In 2014, she chaired the Interim Select Committee on Health Care Education and Workforce Training. Additional committee assignments in previous sessions have included House Administration Committee and the Committee on Rules and Resolutions. She was a member of the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force, former Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislature's Public Health Committee and former Vice Chair of the House Human Services Committee.

A native Houstonian, King moved to West Texas in 1979. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with Honors. Upon graduation she returned to Houston and worked with renowned cardiac surgeon Denton Cooley, MD. King worked as Co-Director of Surgery and Head of Education for the operating rooms at St. Luke’s Episcopal, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Texas Heart Institute. Currently, Rep. King is Co-Owner and Director of Nursing and staff nurse at Elm Place Ambulatory Surgical Center in Abilene.

Rep. King served on the Abilene Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2006. She presided over the AISD School Board as President prior to her election to the Texas House.

Her community service includes many aspects of involvement in the local arts and theatre community, her church and fundraising, and being a volunteer for the Boy Scouts. Rep. King and her husband, Dr. Austin King, MD have three grown children and four grandchildren.

McMurry University Chaplain Rev. Jeff Lust will be the featured preacher at the University’s Baccalaureate service at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

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