Doctor of Chiropractic Runs for Texas Board of Education, District 9
Written by Editor   
Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:00 AM

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A Lufkin Doctor of Chiropractic, Keven M. Ellis, has announced that he is running as a Republican for the State Board of Education in District 9, which covers 31 counties in East and Northeast Texas.  Ellis said, “I want to be a champion for public education.”

Dr. Ellis currently is the Board President for the Lufkin Independent School District and has served on the board since May of 2012.  He said, “I’ve been able to serve the 8,300 students at Lufkin ISD and want to be able to apply the real world experience I’ve gained to benefit the five million students in Texas public schools.”  Ellis stated “Serving on the Lufkin ISD board has given me a full understanding of the needs and challenges of our students, teachers as well as the district itself. Local school boards understand the needs of their children better than anyone else.” 

My background in chiropractic goes back to my childhood when I spent many summers running around the Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) campus while my mother, Lynne Stacy, was in class.  She graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in 1982 when I was 11 years old and practiced for many years in Texas before relocating to Seattle, WA. 

During the first year of my undergraduate studies I decided I didn’t want to spend my life behind a desk crunching numbers.  I decided to pursue a chiropractic doctoral degree. I still consider this to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I graduated from TCC in December of 1995 and began practicing in Houston with Dr. Mark J. Davis for a couple of years before moving to Lufkin in 1998 where I opened my practice.  I  have been here since.

Two of the main functions of the State Board of Education is to approve the curriculum standards and approve the instructional material (textbooks) that are used. Dr. Jack Christie served on the State Board of Education and was its chair from 1995 to 1999.  He shared with me the positive press the chiropractic profession received during his time on this important board.

The fact that I am a doctor of chiropractic  running for this position has been in the New York Times, Washington Post, Seattle Times, and every major newspaper in Texas. We have had financial support for our campaign come in from across the state.  If you do not live in my voting district and would like to contribute to our campaign, we would be very appreciative. Our campaign website is at

If you currently live in the State Board of Education voting district 9 (which is different from the TCA's district 9) we encourage you to vote and to inform your patients about the importance of this election. You can also keep in contact with our campaign and share our message via social media

“The world our children are facing is changing so rapidly that we are preparing our elementary students for jobs when they graduate that do not currently exist.  Texas must be at the forefront of providing a 21st Century education and empowering local districts to meet the needs of their communities,” said Dr. Ellis.

When elected to the State Board of Education, I will continue to stand for conservative education values and to tackle the issues facing our district now:

  • Texas must be at the forefront of providing a 21st Century education and empowering local districts to meet the needs of their communities.
  • Texans understand how best to educate Texas children without interference from the federal government. Local school boards understand the needs of their children better than anyone else.
  • Teachers in the state of Texas chose this profession for the love of teaching, not for the love of testing. If we will let teachers do what they know how to do best, our children will be successful.

“I want my grandkids to have an even better education than my children had and serving on the State Board of Education would give me the opportunity to work toward that goal,” Dr. Ellis said.

Dr. Ellis and his wife, Shelli Cox Ellis, have three children.  All three of my children are products of the public school system in Lufkin, my twins are in their second year at Texas A&M University and my youngest will graduate from high school this May and join them in College Station.  As a father, the education of my children is a priority. As a businessman, I understand the importance of a strong educational system in a community, and as a school board member, I am able to impact and inspire the future. As your State Board of Education representative, I hope to take these principles and knowledge  to the state level.

When he opened Ellis Chiropractic in 1998 in Lufkin, Dr. Ellis also began a public service career that has propelled his community to reach it’s fullest potential, especially in education. He is actively involved in the community, serving with local boards. In 2012, he was elected to the Lufkin ISD Board of Trustees and currently serves as Board President. Dr. Ellis is also a charter member of the Lufkin ISD Education Foundation.

I have a successful practice in Lufkin and have been involved in many aspects of the community including serving as President of the Lufkin Lions Club (the 8th largest Lions Club in the world) and I was elected to the Lufkin ISD school board in 2012. In 2015 I was elected by my fellow trustees as Board President of the Lufkin ISD Board. It is that service to the 8300 students of Lufkin ISD that got me interested in serving the 5+ millions students in the state of Texas.

With Dr. Ellis representing District 9 in the State School Board of Education, we can rest assured that Texas will once again be at the forefront of providing a 21st Century education.  We have received tremendous support from all over the district but we still have a very tough fight. Nearly every state legislator has supported us, nearly every superintendent in our district has supported us, but more importantly we have had tremendous support from teachers and parents from throughout the district. It is very large district covering 31 counties that stretches from Sherman across to Texarkana and down to Lufkin.