Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess


Burgess Statement on the Reintroduction of the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2017


Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement after the reintroduction of the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2017.

“President Trump wants to rebuild the military. I do too. The U.S. Armed Forces are an arsenal of democracy that is key to our freedom. No one can justify wasting the dollars that should be spent on our men and women in uniform, and the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2017 will ensure that we are able to efficiently and effectively support our military at home and abroad.” 

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Burgess Statement on the Reinstatement of President Trump's Executive Order


Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to temporarily reinstate President Trump’s executive order on refugees.

“My top priority has always been to protect Americans at home and to do so by securing our borders. President Trump has taken steps well within his authority, and based off intelligence gathered in the Obama Administration, to keep our country safe. The Supreme Court has upheld the rule of law and recognized, for the time being, President Trump’s authority to protect Americans and strengthen our national security. I believe this is a positive step forward in ensuring our borders are protected against threats to North Texans and the American people.”

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Burgess Introduces Legislation to Modernize CBO Scoring


Washington, D.C.- Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House and Energy Subcommittee on Health, today introduced bipartisan legislation H.R. 2953 with Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) that would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to analyze scientific medical data to provide information on the savings of preventive health initiatives beyond the traditional 10-year scoring window.

The bill, known as the Preventive Health Savings Act of 2017, aims to modernize the way CBO scores preventive health legislation, allowing for a longer “scoring” window in which to assess the long-term health savings that are possible from preventive health initiatives.

“Minimizing the cost of a significant and complex problem such as chronic disease is not an easy or quick endeavor,”
said Rep. Burgess.“Allowing the CBO to analyze scientific data, and having the ability to provide projects past the ten year scoring window will provide a more accurate projection for programs with children and other populations or diseases with longer development periods. This legislation is a responsible approach and will ensure that the government calculates the savings of preventative health.”

“This year’s congressional efforts on American health care have highlighted the CBO’s non-partisan work and shown how important it can be to making solid legislative choices,”said Rep. DeGette.“But our laws prevent health care spending projections from taking long-term savings into account. It’s time we let the CBO make decisions based on science and with those long-term cost projections in mind.I look forward to continuing this bipartisan work that will save money and keep Americans healthy.”

“To address a chronic disease escalation that threatens to affect our society and economy for the next several decades, we need long-term thinking that transcends the way Congress traditionally thinks about policy and budgets. Innovations that can prevent illness and improve population health for generations shouldn’t be stymied by an arbitrary 10-year budget window. The Preventive Health Savings Act will grant lawmakers the flexibility to combat cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other devastating conditions,”said Mary R. Grealy, President of the Healthcare Leadership Council.

This legislation is supported by: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; ACT | The App Association; Aetna; Alliance for Aging Research; Allscripts; Alzheimer’s Association; Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM); America’s Essential Hospitals; America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP); American Art Therapy Association; American; Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR); American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC); American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE); American Association of Diabetes Educators; American Association on Health and Disability; American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA); American College of Gastroenterology; American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; American College of Preventive Medicine; American College of Radiology; American Council on Exercise; American Diabetes Association; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; American Medical Association; American Optometric Association; American Osteopathic Association; American Pharmacists Association; American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA); American Psychological Association; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; AmerisourceBergen Corporation; AMGA; Amgen; Ascension Health; Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare; Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies; Baxter; Biocom; BioReference Laboratories; BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; Boehringer Ingelheim; California Life Sciences Association; Cancer Support Community; Cardinal Health; Clinical Social Work Association; Connected Health Initiative; Council for Affordable Health Coverage; Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance; Diabetes Hands Foundation; Dialysis Patient Citizens; Eating Disorders Coalition; Eisai; Eli Lilly and Company; Endocrine Society; Facing Addiction; Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy; Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS); Healthcare Leadership Council; HealthyWomen; IHRSA: International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association; Indiana University Health; Johnson & Johnson; Lakeshore Foundation; Leidos; Lewin and Associates LLC; Marshfield Clinic; Maxim Healthcare Services; MemorialCare Health System; Mental Health America; Merck; National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations; National Assn for Rural Mental Health; National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors; National Association for the Self-Employed; National Association of ACOs; National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS); National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems; National Association of Social Workers; National Association of Spine Specialists; National Coalition on Health Care; National Consumers League; National Council on Aging; National Kidney Foundation; National Restaurant Association; National Retail Federation; Nestle Health Science; Novartis; Novo Nordisk; NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association; Obesity Action Coalition; Obesity Medicine Association; Obesity Society; Omada Health; Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease; Patients Rising; Pediatric Endocrine Society; Pfizer; PhRMA; Premier Healthcare Alliance; Prescriptions for a Healthy America; Prevent Cancer Foundation; Redstone Center; Rite Aid; Sanofi US; SCAN Health Plan; Society for Women’s Health Research; Sports & Fitness Industry Association; Stroll Health; Takeda Pharmaceuticals; Texas Health Resources; Third Way; UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust; Underwriters Laboratories INC.; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA); Vizient; Weight Watchers; YMCA of the USA.

To download the PDF of the legislation click here.

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Dr. Burgess Joins MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes"


Dr. Burgess joined MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes" to discuss next steps to reform America's health care system. Read More

Burgess Statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017


Washington, DC - Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after the House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. 

“This bill is a long-needed step toward ensuring Secretary Shulkin has the ability to hold his employees accountable to providing quality care in a timely and efficient manner. Our veterans deserve the best care that we can offer to them, and should never suffer because of employees’ negligence or poor performance. Quite simply, the VA should not have any employee who cannot do his or her job on its payroll. This reform will make certain that those who care for our veterans can be held accountable for the quality of care they provide. Moving forward, I will continue to support common sense solutions to reform the VA and enhance veterans’ care." 

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Burgess Statement on VA Electronic Health Records System Updates


Washington, DC - Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement following the Department of Veteran Affair’s announcement that it will adopt the same electronic health records system as the Pentagon. 

“I fully support Secretary Shulkin’s decision to enhance patient care in the Department of Veteran Affairs with this much-needed update. We cannot improve health care outcomes for our veterans unless doctors have access to the entirety of a patient’s medical history. Our veterans deserve the best care we can offer, and this is an important step in ensuring that they have an efficient and positive experience with the VA.  I will continue to advocate for the interoperability of our electronic health records, so that all Americans can easily access their medical records." 

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Burgess Announces Class of 2021 Service Academy Appointees


Denton, TX - Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, last week announced the Class of 2021 Service Academy Appointees from the 26th Congressional District. This summer these young men and women will be entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO.

"I was pleased to nominate outstanding young men and women who will be the future leaders of our Armed Forces and America,” said Dr. Burgess. “I am even more delighted and grateful that these future leaders have accepted this challenge to serve their country."

Students requesting appointments to the U.S. Service Academies are evaluated rigorously on a variety of criteria including academic performance, leadership qualifications, and physical preparedness. Appointments to an academy must be preceded by a nomination from a Member of Congress, Academy Superintendent, the Vice President or a military connected nomination.

Last week, Dr. Burgess honored these appointees as a reception hosted by the City of Denton and the Denton Enterprise Airport. Special guests at the reception included 2017 U.S. Air Force Academy graduates, U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt Stevan Bacchus-Grant of Fort Worth and U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt Reagan Fentress of Denton, and members of the Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 920.


The students residing in the 26th Congressional District entering the service academies are as follows:

US Military Academy                                   

Emersen Bribiesca (Keller)

Ben Ferguson (Argyle)

Aaron Horikami (Flower Mound)

Ben McCleery Ben (Keller)

Elias Mitchell (Trophy Club)

US Naval Academy

Preston Rhodes (Keller)

Sam Rice (Flower Mound)

Justin Rosas (Fort Worth)

Justin Self (Keller)

Jarvian Wigfall (Denton)

US Air Force Academy

David Bearden (Argyle)

Joshua Block (Argyle)

Joseph Carlson (Frisco)

Leo Cheshire (Frisco)

Joseph Morin (Roanoke)

Alexander Nguyen (Keller)

Jackson Trent (Flower Mound)

Nathan Yu (Flower Mound)

US Merchant Marine Academy

Kellin Tompkins (Lakewood Village)

Hunter Wyssbrod (Frisco)

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Dr. Burgess Joins MSNBC's "For the Record"


Dr. Burgess joins MSNBC's "For the Record" to discuss the new CBO score and the American Health Care Act. Read More

Dr. Burgess Joins CNN's "New Day"


Dr. Burgess joins CNN's "New Day" to discuss the new CBO score and the American Health Care Act. Read More

Dr. Burgess Speaks on Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking


Dr. Burgess speaks about efforts to stop human trafficking on the House Floor, and thanks the Denton County Sheriff's office for their work to end this abuse. Read More

Denton Medicare Town Hall


Medicare Town Hall Meeting Saturday, July 10, 2004 “Please join me for my town hall meeting on the improvements to Medicare and the new prescription drug benefit and ask questions about the program.” ~Rep. Michael Burgess Denton Medicare Town Hall 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Denton Senior Center Bell Avenue Read More

Lewisville Medicare Town Hall


Medicare Town Hall Meeting Saturday, July 10, 2004 “Please join me for my town hall meeting on the improvements to Medicare and the new prescription drug benefit and ask questions about the program.” ~Rep. Michael Burgess Lewisville Medicare Town Hall 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Lewisville Community Room 1197 West Main Street Read More

Trophy Club July 4th Parade


Event: Trophy Club July 4th Parade Date: Sunday, July 4, 2004 Time: 12:00 PM CST for line-up, Parade starts at 12:30 PM CST. Place: 101 Trophy Lake Dr., Trophy Club, TX 76262 (behind Tom Thumb) Read More

The Colony 22nd Annual Independence Day Parade


Event: The Colony 22nd Annual Independence Day Parade Date: Saturday, July 3, 2004 Time: 9:30 AM-11:00 AM Place: 5151 North Colony Blvd., The Colony, TX (Little League Field) Read More

American College of Surgeons Leadership Conference


Medicare Town Hall


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) today announced he is hosting an information session next Monday for senior citizens residents of the 26th District to learn more about the new Medicare law and the newly-approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards that start on June 1, 2004. Joining Dr. Burgess will be Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Tim Trysla. Congressman Burgess’ Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card Forum will be held on Monday, May 3rd from 11:00 a.m.-12 noon at the Brookside Center. The Center is located at 1244 Brookside Center in Hurst, Texas. Monday, May 3rd was the first day under the new Medicare law that seniors can begin enrolling in Medicare-approved drug discount cards. June 1st is when seniors can begin using the new cards and start saving on their prescription medications. “I am proud that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are partnering with my Congressional office for this important and informative session to help our local seniors learn more about affordable health care options under Medicare, particularly the new Medicare-approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards that hit the streets on June 1st,” Rep. Michael Burgess stated. “The more senior citizens and their families learn about the new Medicare law and its new benefits, the better off they will be in meeting their individual health care needs.” Medicare Drug Discount Card Forum Monday, May 3rd from 11 a.m.-12 noon The Brookside Center 1244 Brookside Center, Hurst, Texas Public inquiries about the forum should be directed toward Janice Zimmerman in Congressman Burgess’ Lewisville Office at (972) 434-9700. Media questions should be directed toward Michelle Stein at (202) 225-7772. Read More

Carroll Senior High School


Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center


Speak to Trinity Christian Government Class


Art Contest Reception


2004 Artistic Discovery Competition “Artistic Discovery” is the annual nationwide Congressional High School Art Competition initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Each Congressional District hosts its own competition, and since the competition was first launched in 1982, over 5000 local contests have been conducted. The Twenty-Sixth District Congressional Art Competition is open to students residing and attending public and private high schools in the 26th District. The Greater Denton Arts Council will co-sponsor the exhibition. First prize in the competition is the display of the winning student’s artwork in the United States Capitol complex for an entire year. Thousands of people visiting the nation’s capitol, as well as Members of Congress and their staffs, will be able to walk through the display area, viewing artwork from Congressional districts throughout the country—each piece highlighted with the name of the work and student artist. Student artisans will have their works judged by a professional art educator chosen by the Greater Denton Arts Council. Competition participants, their parents, teachers, school administrators and local officials will be invited to attend a reception with Congressman Burgess to view all the entries on display at the Visual Arts Center in Denton. All the participants will be honored at a recognition ceremony during the reception, and the first place winner and honorable mentions will be announced. Up to six honorable mention entries will be chosen; each will be displayed in the 26th Congressional District office for the upcoming year. The first place winner and one guest will be invited to the nation’s capital in June to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala reception opening the 2004 “Artistic Discovery” exhibition and honoring the winning artists from all over the country. They will be able to view their artwork, as it will be displayed for the upcoming year. The cost of the attending the ceremony is the responsibility of the competition winner. The winners will celebrate with Congressman Burgess at this reception. Read More

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2336 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-7772
Fax 202-225-2919

After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.

I currently serve on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and 2014, will serve as the Vice Chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. In addition, I am a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. In 2009, I founded, and currently serve as Co-Chair of the Congressional Health Caucus.

Because of my medical background, I have been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. I have played an important role in bipartisan efforts to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and consumer products, and have introduced legislation to strengthen our ability to stop dangerous products from coming into the country.

As a Member of Congress representing one of the fastest growing areas of the country, transportation is also a top priority. In 2005, I successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. During my time on Capitol Hill, I have worked to build, maintain, and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, air service, and transit in the North Texas region.

A fiscal conservative, I believe Americans deserve a federal government that is more efficient, effective, less costly, and always transparent. I follow a strict adherence to the Constitution, and oppose unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s control over Americans’ personal freedoms. Instead, I believe in giving people more control over their lives and their money.

During my time on Capitol Hill, I have earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and have received several awards including: the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others.

Today, I represent the majority of Denton County, and parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County. I was raised in Denton, and attended The Selwyn School, graduating in 1968 as valedictorian. In addition, I graduated with both an undergraduate and a master’s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas.

I received my M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed my residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. I also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at   Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.

My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 39 years. We have three children and two grandsons.

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