Before you cast your vote, visit SurgeonsVoice.org, the
College’s nationwide, interactive advocacy program, to
get up to speed with the lawmakers in your state and
district. SurgeonsVoice has several resources to assist you,
including an interactive map and toolkit. The interactive map allows you to learn about the key players from
your state on Capitol Hill and important legislation in
your state legislature.
The SurgeonsVoice toolkit is the College’s most
comprehensive pre-election education resource. Issue
briefs, talking points, and PowerPoint presentations are
available to assist you in evaluating where your candidates stand in terms of the ACS legislative priorities.
For an insider’s perspective on races within your
congressional district, contact the ACS Washington
office staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-337-2701.
Surgery’s success starts with
Although the ACSPA’s political action committee
(ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) does not participate in presidential elections, gauging how it and other health care
PACs disburse contributions to candidates can be helpful in benchmarking which members of Congress are
advocating for the future of health care.
Standing together as surgeons allows surgeons to
make a difference when it comes to the issues they
care about most. ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC, in conjunction with the College’s federal legislative team and
surgeon advocates, works to establish relationships
with surgical champions on Capitol Hill. The more
champions we have in Congress, the greater success
we will have leveraging our issues and establishing
surgeons as leaders and partners in finding legislative
solutions to complex issues. The following guidelines
shape the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC disbursement strategy
•Leadership position. Candidates who serve as ranking
members of their parties have a greater ability to move
legislation forward and influence his or her party’s posi-
tion on the issues.
•Committee assignment. Candidates who serve on key
committees are better positioned to advance health
policy legislation in support of surgeons and the surgical patient.
• Record on issues. ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC evaluates candidates’ service as champions for surgery and the surgical
• Medical professional. Candidates with medical degrees,
especially surgeons who are Fellows of the ACS, are
recognized leaders in health policy.
•Political viability. The candidate should have an organized campaign with demonstrated potential to win.
Candidates and incumbents
supported by ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC
To enhance the probability of electing and re-electing
candidates who are sympathetic to the concerns of
surgeons and their patients, the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC
has contributed more than $900,000 to key U. S. House
and Senate races across the country. In addition to
supporting 14 physician incumbents, ACSPA-
SurgeonsPAC has contributed to seven physician and dentist
candidates’ campaigns, including two Fellows of the
College. The following are a few examples of candidates and incumbents whose races ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC
has supported to date:
• Rep. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA). Representative Bera is one
of the few Democratic incumbents facing a tougher
race than expected this year. Since being elected
to California’s Seventh Congressional District in
2012, he has worked his way up the ladder, gaining
respect and support from key Democratic leadership
and is one of the few Democratic liability reform