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    Urologist elected to House, while docs’ numbers in Congress drop

     

    UROPAC-supported candidates overwhelmingly successful

    In 43 of 45 general election races, candidates supported by UROPAC – Urology's Advocate on Capitol Hill were elected with an average margin of victory of 34% in the House of Representatives and 20% in the Senate.

    Physicians on UROPAC's slate included thoracic surgeon Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN-8); anesthesiologist Rep. Andy Harris, MD (R-MD-1), and two OB/GYNs, Reps. Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX-26) and Phil Roe, MD (R-TN-1).

    High-ranking members of important committees were also recipients of UROPAC's strategic giving. Santa Fe urologist Vince Fiorica, MD, delivered a PAC contribution to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Ben Ray Luján (D-NM-3) at a local event, and a lobbyist associated with organized urology carried a donation to D.C. representatives of Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR).

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    Dr. Dunn's recent victory deserves to be celebrated, but a few statistics show there is much work to be done. Physicians will account for approximately 3% of the 535 members of the U.S. House and Senate. By comparison, physicians made up 11% and 5% of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, respectively.

    Meanwhile, in the soon-to-adjourn 114th Congress, 38% of all members are lawyers, the third most reported occupation behind "public servant" and "business." Urologists are encouraged to consider the myriad ways their voices can be united in support of vital programs and priorities, including political fundraising and grassroots engagement.

    Dr. Dunn offered an inside perspective: "Early money is often the best money,” he said. “UROPAC contributed to my campaign early in the cycle and helped enable early momentum for my campaign. It is vital that urology maintain its influence within Congress, and UROPAC is a critically important element to maintaining that voice."

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