Dear Members of the
Small Districts Caucus,
As the President of a
more active and vocal Small Districts Caucus (SDC), I want to welcome you to
our new website. It is still under
construction and we invite our members to let us know what you would like
included on this website.
Texas is a big state
made up of 254 counties, more than any other state. The number of licensed physicians in Texas counties
ranges from 11,425 in Harris County (Houston) to only 1 physician in a
dozen of the smaller counties in Texas.
The Texas Medical Association has a big House of Delegates
made up of around 450 delegates from the various county medical societies. In the past the TMA governance and policies
have been controlled by the block votes of the larger counties of Harris
(Houston), Dallas, Bexar (San Antonio), Travis (Austin) and Tarrant (Fort
To create a more balanced distribution of control throughout
the TMA House of Delegates, the Acey–Deucey Caucus was formed in 1985 and
was composed of county medical societies with one or two delegates. The name was changed to the Small Districts
Caucus in 1999. We will continue to
work together for better geographical representation.
delegates and alternate delegates of smaller county medical societies feel more
confident that their views will be heard and their votes will count! We intend to be vocal on the issues that are
important to smaller county medical societies.
We also want our Small District Caucus delegates to have a voice in the
election process so that smaller county medical societies are better
represented in the balance of power within the House of Delegates and the
leadership of the Texas Medical Association.
As a member of the Small Districts Caucus or the West
Texas Caucus we need your continued support.
“Together We Will Be Even
It is important that you plan to attend all the
sessions of the 2012 TMA House of Delegates meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in
Dallas on Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 19, 2012. Keep checking this website for additional new
Gerald Raymond “Ray”
Chair, Small Districts