Experienced Conservative Leadership
As a 5th generation Texan, Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs has always loved her state and the people who call it home. Her father worked on the farm and didn't finish 5th grade. Still, he loyally served in the U.S. Navy in WWII and worked for Shell Oil Company for 38 years, mostly offshore. Due to illness, her mother was unable to complete high school yet she was a respected church member and homemaker. Her parents instilled into Dr. Shelley and her five siblings the priorities of God, family and Country. They understood the value of education and encouraged their children to get as much school as they could. Now as a board certified dermatologist, previously elected official, clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and a community leader, Dr. Shelley has the experience, commitment, and problem-solving skills needed to serve the people of The Woodlands effectively and honestly, in keeping with the vision of extraordinary founder and developer George Mitchell.
Dr. Shelley graduated Summa Cum Laude from Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio with a degree in Chemistry. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and completed residencies in family practice and dermatology at the University of Florida and the Baylor College of Medicine, respectively. She operated her medical practice in Clear Lake for 30 years before selling it in 2015. In 2017, Dr. Shelley and her husband Robert moved to The Woodlands for its wooded serenity and to be close to their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.
Before running for The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, Position 5, Dr. Shelley was elected at-large for three terms and became the first medical doctor to serve on the Houston City Council. During this time, she was instrumental in bettering the health of the community by increasing the number of clinics - Federally Qualified Health Centers, also called FQHCs, from 2 to 11. These clinics provide comprehensive healthcare to low income and uninsured patients. She helped rolled back property taxes three times and implement a 4.5% revenue cap that has saved taxpayers approximately $700M.
Working with federal, state, and municipal leaders, Dr. Shelley helped orchestrate a compromise between businesses and homeowners to eliminate the need for construction of the San Jacinto rail line while relieving cost pressure on captive chemical shippers. Understanding the vital role that the Houston area plays in the U.S. economy, Dr. Shelley co-founded the Ellington Field Task Force that helped save Ellington Field from closure by the BRAC. The Task Force worked closely with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, her staff, and other federal, state and local officials to reconfigure the Ellington Field Air National Guard base into a U.S. Military Joint Reserve Base.
In a 2006 special election, Dr. Shelley became the first female physician and first dermatologist to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where she represented the people of TX-22 in the final months of the 109th Congress. Due to her not being able to have her name printed on the ballot of the general election and having to run as a write-in candidate, Dr. Shelley lost the general election. Still, she says her short time in Congress was one of the greatest honors and most thrilling experiences of her lifetime.
Since moving to The Woodlands, Dr. Shelley has been chosen to serve as Chaplain of The Woodlands Republican Women’s Club and advisor to a local Young Republicans Club. She is a scholarship supporter in the Montgomery County Association of Business Women, MCABW. Dr. Shelley and her husband Robert have grown children and grandchildren. They attend Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in The Woodlands, where Dr. Shelley participates in Bible studies, the ProLife ministry, and supports the Red Cross emergency shelter.
Throughout her career, Dr. Shelley has served on a variety of boards and committees and supported organizations including the Texas Dermatological Society, American Academy of Dermatology, Gateway To Care Collaborative, Houston Galveston Area Council, Greater Houston Partnership, Bay Area Economic Development Partnership and Transportation Partnership, as well as the Tourette Syndrome Association of Texas, American Business & Professional Women’s Association, the Sam Houston Area Boy Scout Council, and various church councils and groups.
Since 1985, Dr. Shelley has devoted her medical knowledge and career to help people, both as a professional and a volunteer. She has been recognized nationally for her work on skin cancer prevention and is a diplomate and fellow of an extensive list of medical organizations. Believing that God created us to make a better world and love and serve our neighbor as ourselves, she has devoted countless hours to her community, helping to initiate a rape crisis program while in medical school, lasering tattoos off young gang members through the D-Tag program, and providing Boy Scout physicals through the Sam Houston Area Council. She understands that our Democratic Republic functions best with a well-educated electorate, so investing in our youth is vital to our community and our Nation's future.