Perry Appoints Former West U Senator as Executive Commissioner of Health and Human Services Commission
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed former District 17 State Sen. Dr. Kyle Janek as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission effective Sept. 1.
Perry also announced that Chris Traylor of Austin will serve as chief deputy commissioner.
Janek and Traylor will oversee the operations of the five health and human services agencies, including more than 55,000 employees, combined annual budgets of more than $30 billion, and the state’s Medicaid program.
“Texas, like the rest of the country, is headed into a period of the most significant changes in health care in our history,” Perry said in making the announcements. “This new leadership team, with Kyle and Chris at the helm, combines unparalleled experience and expertise to ensure Texans continue to have access to the health care they need while implementing fiscal policies that are mindful it’s taxpayer money they are spending.”
Janek is a board-certified anesthesiologist and director of anesthesia services at Lakeway Regional Medical Center. He is a past member of the Texas Legislature, serving in the House of Representatives and Texas Senate from 1995 to 2008.
Janek stepped down from the District 17 senatorial seat in 2008 to move his family to Austin. Janek’s former seat is now held by State Sen. Joan Huffman.
He is also a board member of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute and the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, and a member of the Travis County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, Texas and American societies of Anesthesiologists, the International Anesthesia Research Society, and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.
Janek replaces Tom Suehs, who is retiring.