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Texas ag chief puts man with revoked licenses on state panel

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A newspaper report says Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in 2016 appointed to a state rural health task force a former physician who had his medical license revoked or suspended in Iowa and other states.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Rick Ray Redalen’s medical license was first suspended years ago in Iowa when he was convicted of perjury in a case involving his marriage to his 15-year-old former stepdaughter.

Redalen donated thousands of dollars to Miller’s campaign prior to his appointment.

Miller’s relationship with Redalen isn’t his first involvement with doctors that has raised questions.

Miller charged the state $1,100 for a 2015 trip to Oklahoma in which he received a pain-killing treatment called the “Jesus shot” that was created by a doctor who had his medical license in Ohio revoked for tax evasion.

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