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Doc’s passion for community and civic service is a lifetime affair. His service and experience as Democratic Party precinct chair and later vice chairman of the Hunt County Democratic Party has uniquely positioned him to represent Northeast Texans in the 3rd Congressional District.

He is oldest of six children born to sharecropper Bennie Lee and his wife Beulah Shelby. Raised in the small panhandle town of Bovina, Doc learned the value of commitment to hard work and determination by working alongside his father where he drove tractors, maintained crops, hauled hay, and fed livestock.

By the time Doc graduated high school, his commitment to excellence had earned him All District, All South Plains, and All State honors on the gridiron and a scholarship to McMurray College where he again excelled in the TIAA College Conference, earning first team All-Conference in 1977 and Honorable Mentioned All-American in 1977. While attending McMurray, Doc took on the added responsibility of teaching behavior modification, motor skills, and life skills to special needs children and adults at the Abilene State School.

He would eventually meet his wife Brenda while working at the Abilene State School and the couple married on November 14, 1980.  They have two children Autdom Shelby Tully and Bennielee Shelby, son-in-law Kyle Tully, daughter-in-law Micah Wallace Shelby and three grandchildren Rowen Tully, Journie Mata and Iniya Shelby.   Doc credits his experience with Abilene State School for learning the value of compassion, empathy, and respect for all people. 

Doc’s commitment to mentoring and guiding youths resulted in 25 years of part-time officiating in UIL high school sports, highlighted by service as Booster Club President for Greenville ISD in 2007-2008.

Doc’s corporate career is grounded in 31 years of service for Frito Lay where he built and maintained new route sales in rural regions of Southeast Oklahoma and Northeast Texas. 

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