Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek
Dr. Kyle Janek was appointed Texas health and human services executive commissioner on September 1, 2012, by Gov. Rick Perry. As head of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Dr. Janek oversees more than 56,000 employees and a combined budget of $73.9 billion and provides leadership and strategic direction for the state’s five health and human services agencies:
- Texas Health and Human Services Commission
- Department of Aging and Disability Services
- Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
- Department of Family and Protective Services
- Department of State Health Services
The Texas health and human services system provides food and medical benefits to more than 4 million Texans; is responsible for public health programs and health crisis response efforts; and regulates nursing homes, day cares and other facilities.
A lifelong Texan, Dr. Janek was born and raised in Galveston. He served in the House of Representatives for eight years, where he sat on the Appropriations Committee, the Public Health Committee and the Health Services committee, and he served as vice chair of the Civil Practices Committee.
After serving in the House, Dr. Janek was sworn in to the Texas Senate in 2002. In his more than five years in the Senate, Dr. Janek served on the Senate Finance Committee and subcommittees on Higher Education, Capital Funding for Higher Education and Health, and Human Services. He also served as vice chair of the Senate Education Committee and on the Subcommittee on Higher Education, and he was chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Technologies and Economic Development, the Committee on Eminent Domain, and the Committee on the Medical Peer Review Process. Dr. Janek passed landmark legislation on asbestos and silicosis reform, and led Texas to be the first state in the nation to pass comprehensive eminent domain reform in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kelo decision.
Dr. Janek received a bachelor’s degree and graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1980. He went back to his hometown to attend medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. After earning his medical degree, he took a residency in anesthesiology at UTMB, where he served as chief resident his final year. A board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Janek has been in private practice since 1986.
In addition to serving as a private physician and a legislator, Dr. Janek served as a clinical assistant professor at UTMB. He has won numerous awards for medical, legislative and philanthropic service, has served as a sponsor of medical missions to Central America and has been active in numerous civic and community organizations. He and his wife, Shannon, live in Austin and have three sons.