Texas District 59 Rep. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville, was given the Texas Health Care Association’s legislator of the year award Thursday, according to a news release.
Sheffield was presented the award for authoring House Bill 2766 during the 85th Texas Legislature. The bill aimed to redirect federal money to improve state nursing homes but never made it to the Senate floor after House approval.
“Rep. Sheffield listened to his rural constituents and crafted a conservative bill that would have fixed the biggest problem Texas nursing homes have — inadequate funding — without increasing costs to the state,” said Kevin Warren, president and CEO of the association. “Rep. Sheffield’s support reassured his conservative colleagues in the House that this plan was a good one.”
Sheffield was first elected to the state seat in 2012 and is a member of the House appropriations committee. He was presented the award at Ranchers Steakhouse in Gatesville Thursday.
Sheffield will face Chris Evans in the GOP primary for reelection to the state seat March 6.