State Representative J.D. Sheffield, D.O., has been appointed to the Texas Rural Health and Economic Development Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to review and advise on rural policies and programs, and make recommendations regarding the allocation of block grant funds. Additionally, the council establishes a rural health task force and develops rural policy plans.

Sheffield is originally from west Texas where his family owned and operated a cotton farm. He has spent the last twenty years practicing as a family practice physician in Gatesville, Texas.

"As a physician, I see every day how the bad policies of the Obama administration are hurting rural families and rural healthcare. We can and must do everything in our power to protect rural families from bad federal policies and implement Texas solutions to meet tomorrow's challenges. I am honored to join this council and fight for the rural families who are too often ignored by a political system that is dominated by special interests," said Sheffield.

Sheffield is the only member of the Texas House of Representatives on the council. By statute, the council consists of the Agriculture Commissioner, one member of the Texas House of Representatives and one member of the Texas Senate.

Sheffield represents Texas House District 59 consisting of Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba and Somervell Counties in the Texas House of Representatives.