State Sen. Bob Deuell draws 2 challengers for March 4 GOP Primary election


GREENVILLE – Four-term State Senator and board-certified family physician Bob Deuell MD has two challengers for the March 4 Senate District 2 Republican Primary election.

District 2 includes all of Rockwall County, as well as eastern Dallas County, Hunt, Hopkins, Rains, Delta, Fannin, Kaufman and Van Zandt Counties.

According to papers filed by Monday’s deadline, ex-police officer and therapist for the blind, Mark Thompson of Mesquite; and Bob Hall of Canton, a former US Air Force officer and retired government proposal writing consultant, are seeking to replace Deuell.

Hall campaigned against Sen. Deuell two years ago until he was disqualified by the State Republican Party for missing the filing deadline due to incomplete paperwork. Hall protested and claimed he should have been contacted about the paperwork problems before the deadline passed but the State Party ruled against him.

This will be Thompson’s first attempt to run for public office. Both challengers claim on their websites to be more conservative than Sen. Deuell .

Thompson says, if elected, he will fight to:

  1. Secure the border
  2. Expand gun rights
  3. Prevent more toll roads

Hall says he wants to:

  1. Limit government growth and spending
  2. Protect the “Rainy Day” Fund – Economic Stabilization Fund
  3. Limit government size and function
  4. Increase transparency in taxation and funding
  5. Improve transportation policy, planning and funding
  6. Further protect the right to life
  7. Enforce legal immigration

Sen. Deuell was first elected in November, 2002, and took office in January, 2003.

He currently serves as chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee and vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services. He also sits on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate State Affairs Committee and the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.  He is past chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and the Senate Republican Caucus.

He was named to Texas Monthly Magazine’s “Ten Best Legislators” list in 2007 and was recognized again for his work during the 81st Legislative Session. In addition, Sen. Deuell has received the Defender of Life award from the Texas Alliance for Life. He is A+ rated by the National Rifle Association.

Sen. Deuell is well-known as a conservative Republican and for legislation he has authored including:

  1. “Jessica’s Law” – which enacted some of the harshest punishments in the nation for child molesters
  2. A bill authorizing additional tools to prosecute repeat drunk drivers
  3. Bills to help with the detection, assessment and education of students with dyslexia
  4. A bill to increase the safety of student athletes by improving concussion detection and treatment guidelines
  5. A bill to ensure senior citizens have access to quality, affordable health care services that allows them maintain their independence
  6. A bill making it illegal for parents and guardians to show porn to their children

By J.J. Smith


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