Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek
Dr. Kyle Janek was appointed Texas health and human services executive commissioner on Sept. 1, 2012, by Gov. Rick Perry. As head of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Dr. Janek provides leadership and strategic direction to the health and human services system in Texas. The executive commissioner oversees the operations of the five health and human services agencies, including more than 56,000 employees and combined annual budgets of $30 billion, serving more than 4 million Texans.
A lifelong Texan, Dr. Janek was born and raised in Galveston. After eight years in the Texas House of Representatives, he was elected to the Texas Senate in 2003, where he served for more than five years.
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 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.
Dr. Janek has been a sponsor of medical missions to Central America and has been an active sponsor of numerous civic and community organizations. He and his wife, Shannon, live in Austin and are the proud parents of three sons.